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The long awaited, much anticipated full length new album from the church as a 6-panelled digipack.
Reviews for Untitled #23 below:
Posted by Nastynigel on 23rd Feb 2013
Awesome set, Kilbey's haunting vocals are unique. Well put together sequence of songs. After seeing The Church live in 2012 at 'A Day on the Green' can't wait for their next expose of songs.
Posted by Sean Tait a.k.a Sean Ce on 11th Feb 2013
Untitled #23 is one of the best albums The Church has put out in their 30 year existence.
I don’t know what the cover image is representative of, but the fact that it adds a touch of enigma to what lies within is always a good thing.
The guitar work that is present on tracks like ‘ Cobalt Blue’, ‘Pangaea’, ‘Sunken Suns’ and ‘Anchorage’, while not the most flashy of works ever recorded but the group, certainly is the most graceful. Once you get to know the aforementioned songs, you will enjoy the instrumentation as much as you will the lyrics.
‘On Angel Street’ is a standout track on this album for its simplicity. There is not much other than a few changing chords and the occasional sprawling guitar to be heard, be Steve’s vocal is what nails this song to your brain and will have you craving for more.
‘On Angel Street’ is also the first in what I believe to be the best trifecta of songs on a Church album. This teamed with ‘Sunken Suns’ and ‘Anchorage’ is perfection.
‘OAS’ sees the protagonist talk in a melancholic fashion about loss and seeing an ex lover.
‘SS’ is a laid back slice of heaven. It is a song that has the persona longing for freedom and escape. They do eventually get away, as witnessed in the lyric “I ripped up my return ticket/ And hurled it into the sky”.
Finally, ‘Anchorage’ sees a return to the melancholic talking about what could be read as a lust for a former lover. “Strength of a lamb/ The shape of a cloud/ The eyes of the star/ Cruelty of a crowd”.
After returning from their holiday in ‘SS’, the protagonist realises that no matter how they try to get away or change, they will always have feelings for that one person. “Darkness returning/ My torch keeps on burning for you/ In the life you keep on spurning/ Everything is hurting me”.
These three songs back to back sound like they could be the catalyst for a heart stings tugging movie. Follow this with ‘Lunar’ and ‘Operetta’ and you have the finest second half to an album you could possibly get.