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Album of the Day 2/14/11

Every day, our 1000 best albums of all time countdown continues all the way to #1. Monday’s album is #715:

The Church – Hologram of Baal

The one band featured on this list more than any other, this is the Australian art-rockers’ big 1998 comeback: in a way, it perfectly encapsulizes their career. It’s got lush, gorgeous janglerock songs like Anesthesia and Louisiana; hypnotic, swirling, atmospheric mood pieces like Another Earth; the brutal satire of Tranquility and The Great Machine; the blistering multitracked guitars of No Certainty Attached; the hauntingly elegaic This Is It; and the album’s two most compelling cuts, the characteristically enigmatic yet irresistibly catchy Buffalo – which could be a wintry love song – and Ricochet. Lead guitarist Peter Koppes had rejoined the band after a five-year absence and bassist Steve Kilbey had rediscovered his lyrical muse, and everyone sounds completely reinvigorated. It’s a good way to get to know the band if you’re new to them. The Church are currently on US tour with stops in New York at the Highline on Feb 16 and B.B. King’s on the 17th. Here’s a random torrent.

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3 Comments »

  1. I think you’re overdoing it with this band. Are you saying they made more great albums, or made greater albums, than anyone else on your list?

    Comment by adamannette | February 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. Was waiting for someone to pipe up about this. As far as rock bands are concerned, I’d say that they’ve probably made more truly great albums than anyone else. But if you get into other styles of music – the old blues guys who recorded everythng they ever played, the jazz guys, salsa bands, Middle Eastern musical theatre composers – then the playing field gets crowded. BB King has made about a zillion albums and the majority of them are worth hearing, but to include one after the other here gets boring and predictable and that’s what we’re trying to avoid. You might not see anything else by these guys for awhile at least ūüôā

    Comment by the boss here | February 15, 2011 | Reply

  3. I did like this one more than the other one. I wish you would put more Pixies, the previous one would not go into itunes for some reason. And so far am missing some grungy pleasures . . . Overall I’m really enjoying my journey through unknown waters. Thank you!

    Comment by adamannette | February 15, 2011 | Reply


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