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The Church - The Blurred Crusade (1982) {Parlophone-EMI Records CDP 790625 2}

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The Church - The Blurred Crusade (1982) {Parlophone-EMI Records CDP 790625 2}

The Church - The Blurred Crusade (1982) {Parlophone-EMI Records CDP 790625 2}
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© 1982 Parlophone / EMI Records | CDP 790625 2
Rock / Neo-Psychedelia / Alternative / Indie

After such a fine debut as Of Skins and Heart, creating a follow-up might have been a burden for the Church – and maybe it was, but the end result was well worth it. Perhaps even better than their first, Blurred Crusade captures what for many remains the classic early Church sound, blending both the various strains of '60s inspiration and postpunk drive detected from the start with an even more elegant melancholy. Musically, both Willson-Piper and Koppes are just fantastic, their combination of guitar playing running the range from sparkling post-Byrds chime to sharp power. If the group doesn't fully explode here as much as later albums would demonstrate, especially on Heyday, that perhaps can be laid at producer Bob Clearmountain's feet.

Consider the slow but steady build up of "When You Were Mine," guitar lines and notes setting the scene before fully kicking into the main riff and the clever but not forced production on the vocals on some of the middle verses. Add on the fantastic solo about four minutes in, and this is great rock music, period, deeply impressive coming on a sophomore album. Highlights are plentiful throughout Blurred, but the best numbers are perhaps the opening "Almost With You," a note-perfect combination of hooks and downbeat but not morose atmosphere, and the lengthy, powerful "You Took." Willson-Piper's lead vocal number "Field of Mars" and the brief, concluding "Don't Look Back" are further songs of note.

Musicians

Steve Kilbey – lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, slide guitar
Peter Koppes – lead guitar, backing vocals, percussion, tubular bells, piano on "You Took"
Marty Willson-Piper – electric & acoustic 12 & 6 string guitars, lead vocal on "Field of Mars"
Richard Ploog – drums, percussion

Track Listing

01 - Almost With You
02 - When You Were Mine
03 - Field Of Mars
04 - An Interlude
05 - Secret Corners
06 - Just For You
07 - A Fire Burns
08 - To Be In Your Eyes
09 - You Took
10 - Don't Look Back

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The Church - The Blurred Crusade (1982) {Parlophone-EMI Records CDP 790625 2}

The Church - The Blurred Crusade (1982) {Parlophone-EMI Records CDP 790625 2}




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