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Starfish

The Church Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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1. Destination
2. Under the Milky Way
3. Blood Money
4. Lost
5. North, South, East and West
6. Spark
7. Antenna
8. Reptile
9. A New Season
10. Hotel Womb

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5.0 out of 5 stars DREAM DEEP, DREAM OF NOW, NOW AND FOREVER GOOD May 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
For The Church the stars and planets must have been especially aligned for this album to be made. Never before or since have The Church enjoyed some widespread appeal. Starfish was the first record The Church had recorded outside of their native Australia. This was the first time they had recorded in a studio different from the one they had made their first five albums. Reading band accounts of making of Starfish makes one wonder why they didn't call the record "L.A. Sucks".
The Church hated Los Angeles and barely endured their two-month stay. During that time the city experienced two major earthquakes and numerous tremors. The band members suffered serious bouts of homesickness and dislocation in a lonely town at once both ugly and magnetic. They had lost their recording contract with EMI and had just completed negotiating and signing with Arista. Waddy Wachtel and Greg Ladanyi were assigned to produce the band-two individual mostly known for their association with the Southern California sound of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks. An antithesis to what the Church stood for and a recipe for friction for all sides. Wachtel had the band rehearse these ten songs over and over-picking them apart and building them back together again ad finitum. Ladanvi on the other hand was apt to be off at the golf course after barely getting the songs on tape in one take.
The first thing that hits you about this record is how much of a "guitar album" it is. Starfish is awash in several different guitar styles and carefully thought out patterns and lines. The result is a lean, cutting and harder edged sound that paradoxically produces a gentle feel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy soundscapes Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
Nineteen Eighty-Eight was a huge year for Aussie rock. There was this album by The Church, Midnight Oil's Diesel and Dust, and INXS' Kick. I was already familiar with INXS, but not Midnight Oil or The Church. Actually, Starfish was a much quieter discovery than the other two. I had read a little review of the album and decided to pick it up on reputation alone. What a great investment. I have since given my cassette copy to my sister and upgraded to CD.
"Destination" is a wonderfully dreamy intro song. It has a lovely bridge where Steve Kilbey is almost speaking rather than singing. "Under the Milky Way" is an obvious single, although I had never heard it before. There is a great frantic bagpipes sound in the middle of the song. "Blood Money" is another fine song. I started noticing there was something similar here to Midnight Oil's sound - maybe the backing vocals in the choruses.
Man I could go on about all these songs! Side two (LP speaking) is also strong, with the upbeat "Spark" and "Reptile." But The Church are best known for their laid-back guitar rock. Like the Amazon reviewer said, they pre-dated what was to become the English rock sound of the '90s. The mega-successful Coldplay especially sounds influenced by The Church. I also notice similarities with The Verve (psychedelia) and R.E.M. (jangly guitars). They all owe something to the Byrds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece! Jan. 1 2004
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Format:Audio CD
If I could only own one CD, it'd be Starfish. It's THAT good. Another reviewer wrote that The Church was the most underrated band, and I agree. They've had a long, shaky history, but Starfish is the crown jewel of all the albums they've released. It was as if all the stars aligned and the band's creativity peaked, allowing them to release this polished and brilliantly written masterpiece.
I'm a big Church fan, but I'll be the first to admit that they've released some awful CDs when they were burned out and just going through the motions or when record labels stifled their creativity trying to make a buck (Gold Afternoon Fix is a good example). Starfish will not disappoint, though. Turn off the lights, kick back and turn up the volume for this CD. Savor Steve Kilbey's creamy voice and the amazing way Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper intertwine their guitars. Most of the songs on this album are mesmerizing and slightly psychadelic, but Spark and Reptile are two rocking songs. The guitar riff on Reptile is genius.
If you enjoy this CD, other CDs by The Church you may enjoy include The Blurred Crusade and Heyday. If you particularly like the psychadelic traits of their music, check out Magician Among the Spirits. Hopefully we'll be seeing more great things from The Church. A very loyal worldwide cult following via the Internet has encouraged the band to stay together and keep writing despite difficulties with record deals, drugs, etc. Now that lead singer/lyricist Steve Kilbey is off the H, I predict The Church's brilliance will shine once more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like everybody else Oct. 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have bought that album because of the song "Under the milky way". It's a ritual song for me: I see the real milky way, I start singing the song and I just give a little kiss to my boyfriend.
There was also "Reptile" that I knew I liked a lot with the echoing guitar, nice bass melodie and the rattlesnake sound. I had no clue of the other songs.
I remember when I played this disc for the first time, I tought my cd player did not picked up the right album on the carrousel and was playing "Won't get fooled again" by the Who. Did not have the chance to go back to the machine to see it was not them but the beginning of beautiful song "Destination".
"North-south-east and west" that I had never heard before really caught my attention. In the first 15 seconds I knew I would like that song (everytime I hear chorus pedal on guitar I am attracted like a magnet). Then, they add the drum, bass and it becomes even more awsome.
A must have album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Title track and "Blood Money" are the best recordings.
This is a very unique group, in a gloomy-pop sort of way. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by J. McAndrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakably beautiful, unspeakably sad
I've owned this album (in various formats) for almost 15 years now. So why would I be writing a review after all this time? Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Kevin Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album
I first heard the beautiful plucked strings of Reptile in the winter of 1988 when I was a freshman in high school... Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2003 by Nicholas White
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 Years and still going!
These guys continue to produce exellent music. I highly recommend "After everything, now this" and "Hologram of Baal"...just absolutely brilliant.
Published on April 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Believe My Ears
This album was my introduction to The Church. I first heard "Reptile" on some obscure east end Long Island radio station while driving in my car in 1988. Read more
Published on March 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Other suggestions if you like this
Starfish is one of those classic CD's that is perfectly unique. Of the thousands of CD's I have heard this one still stands out (the acoustic guitar, the lyrics and overall... Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2002 by K. H Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars get it for one song at best
I thought I would go ahead and give this CD a review as it has been in my car for the past two weeks courtesy of a girlfriend who insists that Puddle of Mudd, Sublime and Blink 182... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Float Away on a Cloud!!
"Ethereal" seems to sum up what most others have said about this masterpiece and I would certainly agree. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by D. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The Church's Best Album
Even if it didn't contain the great "Under the Milky Way," the best song The Church ever recorded as well as by far their biggest hit, "Starfish" would still be... Read more
Published on April 24 2002 by Brian D. Rubendall
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