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5.0 out of 5 stars The Church define their sound - lush and wild., 23 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Blurred Crusade (Audio CD)
Yes, this was the moment that The Church defined their amazing sound. "Almost with You" built on their early success and made them pop stars in OZ. It is a great song and the follow-up "When You Were Mine" is just as strong and powerful. But for me, the real jewels on this marvellous cd are "An Interlude" with its lush broad landscape guitars, and "You Took". The latter is a an epic with their trademark other-earthly sound documenting love and betrayal. The swirl of voices and guitars at the end of the song are pure genius.
Whilst they would move on to a more mature and consistent sound in years to come, the very fact that this is The Church finding their sound as young spectral pioneers is wonderful in a way that they could never do again.
There is always a lot going for any cd by The Church but this is always a favourite because it signaled their birth as the real thing. Its not their best cd - for me they are getting better and better and everything since 2000 has been incredible - but The Blurred Crusade was better than anything at the time of its release. Good place to start if you havent got "Starfish" already.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2008 11:08:40 GMT
Glad to see someone else in this country appreciates The Church. I've got the uk version of their first album on vinyl and Blurred Crusade on cd, Tantalised on 12" and Best Of on cd. Always preferred them to INXS. Nice review.

Posted on 6 Jul 2012 13:23:21 BDT
Every word you say here is true except for that last, short sentence; this matchless album, qualitatively, & in atmosphere, is a zillion light years ahead of the OK, nice, much-vaunted 'Starfish': genuinely an all-time rock classic. The almost equally stunning 'Heyday' comes next..
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