Album Review:: The Church "El Momento Suguiente"

Australian quartet The Church can easily be compared to fine wine, they seem to get better with age. The last several years they have released some stellar LP’s- 2006’s “Uninvited Like The Clouds”, 2005’s edgy “Forget Yourself” and the acoustic “El Momento Descuidado” (also released in 2005). The latest LP is a bit of a sequal to “El Momento Descuidado” – “El Momento Siguiente” (Liberation Music, 2007 – Australia/New Zealand) features 14 acoustic based tracks from the bands past and present – it dabbles in loungy, romantic, rootsy, latin, atmospheric – pop music.
A cover of The Triffids “Wide Open Road” starts things off with it’s strummy guitars and memorable refrain. A stripped down updated version of 1983’s “It’s No Reason” follows with nice cello parts and can we say appears to be far superior than it’s original? One of the band’s most popular songs appears in a complete reworking – “Reptile” from the breakthrough LP “Starfish” swings in an enjoyable, tongue and cheek, jazzy piano driven version. “Electric Lash” is easily the standout track on the LP with it’s fine slide guitar work and it’s Americana appeal – another track that rivals or betters its original. “Tantalized” is best remembered for it’s blazing electric version on “Heyday” – here it appears with sitars/middle east influenced arrangement – pure psychedelia. The albums new track “Song In The Afternoon” gives you a bit of a Latin swing – tom toms, Spanish guitars and Kilbey’s refreshing “Here We Go…”
If you caught the Church on their 2006 tour for “Univited Like The Clouds” -the show was played stripped down – acousitc guitars, piano and drums and successfully brought a fresh new sound to a band that has consistently released a surplus of fine albums over a 20 year span – that streak continues with “El Momento Siguiente” -classic.
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