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.