new Churchills Review
Posted by: Hari ()
Date: October 12, 2000 02:13AM

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The Churchills

You Are Here - (Abrupt/Universal)

I'm sure I'm not the only one that has been waiting for this one. What I ended up getting, though, exceeded my already high

This could very well be the finest CD of the year.

The Churchills made an outstanding debut a few years ago with their Magnifique 300 CD, full of strong songcraft and inspired
arrangements, but You Are Here is another matter entirely. Somehow, The Churchills found a way to get even better on all
counts and have let loose on You Are Here - creating a pop CD that's confident, evocative, and fun, too.

The Churchills lay down the foundation with adding their solid sense of melody onto what are exceptionally strong songs,
creating the kind of music that stays with you long afterwards - even after your first listen. In fact, you may find yourself having
a hard time getting past the opening Beautiful (Coulda Woulda) with it's hypnotic chords and guitarist Ron Haney's great
vocal. If you do, though, you'll be rewarded right away with Ex #1 Fan, a soaring indictment of rock and roll pretension where
Haney continues to be passionate within an overall stellar vocal arrangement.

The Churchills "toughen-up" their sound on a number of tracks here, most notably on guitarist/vocalist Kim Henry's dynamic
Headstrong (where she impressively steps up to the vocal spotlight) and the driving Mysticated Girl with its fierce chorus. In
sharp contrast, Cold As Steel finds the band equally comfortable within a more delicate and softer pop setting, while bassist
Bart Schoudel contributes the most experimental moment by contributing the beautiful Cars - which perfectly marries a lovely
melody and vocal to a waltz.

On the more pure pop front, the crowning achievements are Running In Circles (a Haney/Henry duet), The Wrong Side Of
Bed (with a chorus that will have you singing along in no time) and a re-working of Everybody Gets What They Deserve. This
one appeared on Magnifique 300 as one of it's more memorable moments, but gets a significant re-working here. Yes, it's

Throughout all of You Are Here, The Churchills exploit their musicianship in such a way that keeps the songs front and centre.
Both Haney and Henry exhibit exceptional playing, whether delicate or super-charged, and Schoudel and drummer Phil Bloom
make for one of the better rhythm sections around - whether pounding out on the hook-filled Gonna Take A Lot To Stay or
adding to the delicate charge of Disposable. In a celebratory style, the band meshes together to perfection on Maybe Make
Me Okay (the one other re-working from Magnifique 300), everybody settling into a groove that closes You Are Here in style.

Calling You Are Here the remarkable achievement that it an understatement to say the least.

Play on.

(* * * * * out of 5)

Claudio Sossi

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