Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Volumes is the first The Church song written entirely by Marty Willson-Piper. It doesn´t feel out of place in the Remote Luxury LP album or Persia Ep, where it appeared first. It´s a fine song for a first (?) effort and it appeared also later on Marty´s first soloalbum In Reflection (1987). The version here in Remote Luxury is much better than the loose version found in In Reflection, which also suffers from the lo-fi production values. I feel that some of the rhyming is unnecessary and forced. Pages...ages, row...grow. Other than that there is not much to critcize. Marty has learned how to do a churchy song his own way. As usual, it´s a lot more direct and rock than the rest of the songs on the album. There must be some rock on every album and it´s good that Marty does his part.

There usually is cries over the fact that songs of Marty and PK break the flow of the album and this subject will appear over and over again in the future. I don´t usually feel this and it doesn´t bother me at all. In the case of Remote Luxury it´s also worthy to note that there isn´t much cohesive plot to break. The songs first appeared on a 5-song ep, then on 10-song LP with different track order and now on a 15 song CD remaster. It´s hard to say which song actually should follow the other on this album so it´s every song for themselves and Volumes fills it´s place quite nicely.

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