Song of the Day, April 17: Almost With You by the Church

ChurchAlmostToday’s song is the opening track from the Church’s stunning second album, The Blurred Crusade. After a solid debut that featured solid new wave based rock, the Australian quartet adopted a lusher, more complex sound. This track is a perfect welcome.

Steve Kilbey’s lyrics are elliptical but not opaque, conjuring up an epic journey anchored with a personal promise. The narrator looks at the weight of history as he works his way to his own true love, encouraging her to wait for his arrival. Guitarists Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes are a powerful pair, with ringing 12-string and evocative acoustic merging to underscore Kilbey’s mood. Drummer Richard Ploog provides his trademark support, keeping the song on track without intruding. The whole musical package shows enormous growth for the band and hints at the ways their sound will continue to evolve.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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