Ever since "The Church" released Hologram of Baal in 1997, this mystical Australian band has tenably been the most refined and paramount group in music. They fuse pyschedelic, space and progressive musical genres to perfection. Lead vocalist Steve Kilbey has the most resonant and emotive vocals imaginable propelled by his esoteric lyrics. The band is blessed with two excellent guitarists, an innovative drummer and their songs are usually accompanied with either soothing or haunting atmospheric soundscapes. Untitled # 23 is inarguably the best CD released so far in 2009. It's dreamy, poignant, spiritual, existential and eventually addictive like a euphoric narcotic. Kilbey's vocal prowess and the eclectic musicianship of the band are vintage. Spectacular songs include "Deadman's Hand", the phenomenal "Happenstance", " Pangaea" and "Space Saviour". All the tracks on this dynamic CD resonate with grandeur. The two songs that rate as Church classics are the reflective "Sunken Sun" and the yearning and astounding "Operetta" that gloriously closes the CD. Radiohead is probably the only living band in the same echelon of The Church but they have some filler while everything The Church has recorded the last 12 years is all killer. The Church are in their own superlative pantheon.