5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2007
The Church's "Deep in the Shallows" compilation is one of the greatest song anthologies ever comprised. The best singles from their 1980-1990 era are included and the listener can hear the progressive evolution of a supergroup. A major portion of this CD contains songs from their 1992-2007
paramount period. This is when The Church embarked into an otherworldy sound that is in the realm of Pink Floyd, idyllic John Lennon and Radiohead. "Deep In The Shallows" has diverse Church songs that are pure rock, progressive, dreamy, ethereal, stark, haunting and spiritual. The band's lead vocalist and bass player, Steve Kilbey, has a detached but mesmerizing and stunning voice that evokes many emotions. There is no finer vocalist in music. The Church's two guitarists are wonderful as the core of the bands Phil Spector-like wall of sound. Church CD's that are must buys for all music fans include "Uninvited Like The Clouds" "Sometime Anywhere" "After Everything Now This", "Beside Yourself" "Forget Yourself" "Hologram of Baal" "Priest=Aura" and "Starfish". If you like Pink Floyd, The Byrds, John Lennon and Radiohead then you will indisputably enjoy the aforesaid Church Cds.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2007
Rolling Stone's David Fricke has always been a great admirer of this
Australian band (he's written the liner notes), and you will be, too, after you've listened to this all-round class act. Captivating vocals and lyrics from the esoteric Steve Kilbey, as well as exciting and exhilerating guitar work from Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes. Buy this collection and make sure you also get the following albums: "Gold Afternoon Fix", "Priest = Aura", "After Everything Now This", "Forget
Yourself", "Uninvited, Like The Clouds", "Untitled # 23".
on 17 February 2009
One of Australia's best kept secrets, the Church have been wowing their fans for decades. This collection is a fine introduction to the band but doesn't do them justice because of all the stuff that's missing. They don't show up over here very often and we've travelled from Leeds to London to Brighton to catch them live, every gig totally different to the last and well worth the time and effort to get there. They almost cracked the big time with 'Under A Milky Way' off the 'Starfish' album , but , all credit to them , did what they wanted to do after that , following up with the brilliantly uncommercial 'Gold Afternoon Fix'.
Dream gig for me: The Church with Stan Ridgway in support.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2007
Buy this album now!
It will open a secret door to a hitherto unimagined world of beauty and riches and will change your life forever, you will discover the meaning of life and life is far too short not to take that chance.
So go on open it .
I dare you!