In all, this is quite a decent album which I rate with three stars. Recently I was given as a gift some fifty LPs by a friend who didn't want to keep them anymore in his house because he doesn't like to listen to LPs anymore but he didn't want to put them in Spark - The Church - Starfish (CD garbage bin.
He also received the same LPs some years ago from another friend who thought the same, Spark - The Church - Starfish (CD. So, maybe now I am the third or fourth owner of all these LPs! If these friends could know that now the LPs are more in the "fad" again that is, some record companies are since some years ago selling new LP editions with expensive prices of some old albums from a lot of bands maybe they could want to keep some of these old LPs to at least try to sell them in used LPs shops, a thing that maybe i'm going to do, because I found in this collection of LPs some interesting albums for other people, I think.
Maybe I'm going to keep a few for my own record collection, being "good" for my taste. But a lot of them are really "out of my taste", and surprisingly they are in "good state" more or less to be sold to those used LPs shops in my city. Why to keep them in my house if I don't like them? One interesting LP that I found in this collection and one of the few that I'm not going to sell!
I previously listened to this band in those FM radio stations of my city in the late eighties. Their song called "Under the Milky Way" was played a lot by them then, and I liked the song then. But I completely forgot the song for a long time. But it was until I read the title of the song in the back cover of the LP that I remembered about it. So, I listened to the LP as a whole for the first time, twice, and I liked it.
Maybe the band has some Prog Related things in the music, but for me this band is more a Pop Rock or Alternative Rock band in musical style. I even was more surprised to realize that it was included in the Prog Archives discography database, but not having listened to their other albums yet I really don't know if some of their other albums are more Prog Related or not than this album.
Anyway, the album is good, based mostly in guitar playing, with a lot of guitars played with arpeggios and some use of pedal effects maybe some Chorus pedal effects and reverberation.
The guitarists play very good "atmospheric" guitars, also adding some good distorted guitars in some places. There are also some keyboards played by a session musician in some songs, also adding "atmospheric" sounds and arrangements to the music. So the music is mostly very "atmospheric". They also sing good lead and backing vocals with bassist Steve Kilbey being the lead singer most of the time. It is curious that they left most of the best songs in the album for the Side Two of the LP at least for my taste.
In Spark - The Church - Starfish (CD this Australian band and this album are good I'm a sucker for a well crafted tune and thats what you get with The Church's release of Starish. With their almost Byrds like jangly guitar sound of Piper and Koppes, as well as a very atmospheric laid back approach, at first I found it difficult to see them as an Art Rock Prog band. The Church have released a multitude of albums sincebut one stands out for it's compositions and 2 radio-friendly hits: Starfish.
Aside from a kind of cool album name, The Church had the insanely catchy "Reptile" with the delayed picking at the beginning of the song Spark - The Church - Starfish (CD makes it instantl For a band of an underground nature like this one, this could have been something dangerous.
Fortunately they managed to come up with something playable on the radio and reliable to fans taste at the same time. However, alth You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. The band seems to have taken some distance with their new wave oriented sound and released a straight forward good rock album.
Still, "Spark" or "Reptile" do sound as most of their previous works. Track Listing. The Church. Under the Milky Way. Blood Money. North South East and West. Marty Willson-Piper. A New Season. Peter Koppes. Hotel Womb. Steve Kilbey. Spotify Amazon. Spark Marty Willson-Piper. A New Season Peter Koppes.
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