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|2. Song In Space|
|3. The Theatre And Its Double|
|5. See Your Lights|
|6. Lay Low|
|10. Donít You Fall,|
|11. I Kept Everything|
|12. Nothing Seeker|
This album is a little rougher, and not as smoothly structured as the last one. It contains much of the familiar talk-singing, muted, vocal stylings of Kilbey, Willson-Piper sings somewhat affectedly-throaty on one track (but thats ok - we still love it), the guitars chime wonderfully, and what is-is.
Still, instead of churning out their effortlessly glorious harmonies, they have added just a bit more saccarine this time, but at the same time added some more pain, sharp sounds, crashing percussion, to counter it.
The result is a somewhat more acute sound. Very effective at times, emotive like an off-tune and warped, wind-up music box.
And Kilbey's words are still fantastic, impressionistically dabbed stories, self contained worlds..
Guitar revival eh? Somehow most people forgot the band that unimportantly had a huge hit in the 80's only to fade into the background, and there continue to produce the most excellent guitar based music. I don't care, I know, and The Church continue to provide.
Coldplay fans et al, this is the original. And SOOO much better.
'Sealine' and 'Song in Space' begin the album cold and fail to draw you in. Just when things start to get better, Marty's sadly predictable and corny vocals on "see your lights" drag an otherwise sound song into a lesser realm and leave an ugly hole, bang in the centre of the album.
Songs like Maya and June finally send us gently adrift across the Church's mysterious world, and when the album ends we awake, lost, at peace, and with the overwhelming sense that we just experienced something awesome.
Unfortunately Forget Yourself lacks the flawless consistency of it's predecessor (After Everything Now This). I believe the album suffers from some shaky attempts at commercial success and at the stage in the album when the Church forget about this and just make their beautiful music, it's stunning.