“I gotta get a handle on you,” Steve Kilbey sings in Another Century, the opening cut on The Church’s new album.
But 26 albums into their career, it’s still impossible to pigeonhole the Sydney group – they remain mystifying and magical. Hardcore fans lament the loss of Marty Willson-Piper, but to these ears, Powderfinger’s Ian Haug nails the classic Church guitar sound. This year’s fine documentary Something Quite Peculiar showed Kilbey as part David Brent part Spinal Tap, but there’s no doubt he’s a masterful musician.
This record arrived with little fanfare, but along with 2014’s Further/Deeper, it shows that Kilbey and The Church remain a potent force.
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