Album review

The Church : Forget Yourself
Cooking Vinyl

The Church : Forget YourselfType 'The Church' into Google, and you'll find that this band feature higher than the Evangelical Covenant Church and the Universal Life Church, which reflects the scale of their success over the last two decades. Most people who tuned into a radio in the 80s will have heard Under The Milky Way; a huge hit for The Church but unfortunately their only one on that scale, which has inevitably given them the 'one hit wonder' label.
    Forget Yourself is their 17th album and shows a slight progression from 2002's After Everything Now This, which drummer Tim Powles owes to the more impulsive process of writing and recording the album at Spacejunk Studios in their hometown of Sydney.

There are a literally a handful of bands from the 80s who've survived the 90s and made it into the new Millennium, all with varying levels of credibility. These bands tend to have a diverse range of followers, ranging from the loyal fans who've stayed with them since day one to the newer supporters who they've picked up at some point along the way.

For the loyal fans of The Church, there are some great rewards on this album; the wispy ambience of The Theatre And Its Double and the smooth Lay Low are reminiscent of their early work, whilst the electric guitar tinted single Song In Space and the almost surreal Nothing Seeker pave the way for the more recent fans.
    Whilst existing fans may be accommodated, this album lacks the flair and pace to attract new fans - the gentle Maya and Appalatia show promising signs, but unfortunately don't develop further than the strictly horizontal soundscape.

According to the band's website: "The Church have happily, realistically and modestly abandoned all hope of repeating the success of Milky Way." This is clearly the case, as Forget Yourself rarely exerts itself, and The Church give the impression that they feel they don't have anything left to prove. In fact the sleepy beats and hazy melodies on Forget Yourself are so laissez-faire that it's too easy to forget what we were supposed to be forgetting.

:: Paul Newbold

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