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Priest = Aura

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Probably the most obscure album title yet from the Church, and definitely one of the least likely to provide a catchy radio single, but with this defiant reclaiming of their own destiny after the mess of Gold Afternoon Fix, the Church came up with its best album to date. If not as gloriously catchy as Heyday, Priest = Aura shows the Church fully in charge of creating evocative, poetic, and gripping music with a distinctly unsettling edge. Part of the strength of Priest = Aura is its excellent sequencing, organized from start to finish. The opening song, "Aura," finds the band coming in after an atmospheric synth start, Kilbey's sly lyric equally applicable to the band's recent situation and standing as a cryptic invocation of strange experiences away from home. "Ripple," which immediately follows, was the lead single, its soothing chorus floating above a strong, shadowy undertow of music below. With that as a start, everything continues up until the album's wrenching conclusion, starting with the dramatic, unnerving music hall chant of "The Disillusionist." After a brief break with "Old Flame," "Chaos" kicks in, a nearly ten-minute invocation of the title subject. Willson-Piper and Koppes rarely have sounded so powerful, while the final song, "Film," doesn't provide much further comfort. In between these two extremes, many other great songs -- "Swan Lake," with its portrait of a hellish home, the gentle dance-groove of "Feel," "Kings" and its epic U2-done-right feel and more -- fill out this astonishing album.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Aura
00:07:02

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

2
Ripple
00:06:01

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

3
Paradox
00:03:59

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

4
Lustre
00:05:46

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

5
Swan Lake
00:02:25

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

6
Feel
00:03:55

Marty Willson-Piper, Composer - Marty Willson-Piper, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Performer - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Jay Dee Daugherty, Composer - Jay Dee Daugherty, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

7
Mistress
00:04:11

Gavin MacKillop, Producer - Simon Polinski, Producer - Simon Polinski, Engineer - Simon Polinski, Mixing Engineer - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Linda Neil, Violin - John Bee, Producer - Tim Powles, Drums - Sandy Chick, Background Vocal - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Peter Koppes, Guitar - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Chris Abrahams, Piano

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

8
Kings
00:04:35

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

9
Dome
00:04:00

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

10
Witch Hunt
00:01:28

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

11
The Disillusionist
00:06:24

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

12
Old Flame
00:01:37

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

13
Chaos
00:09:34

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

14
Film
00:03:56

Daugherty, Composer - Daugherty, Lyricist - The Church, Producer - The Church, Vocal - Peter Koppes, Composer - Peter Koppes, Lyricist - Wilson-Piper, Composer - Wilson-Piper, Lyricist - Steve Kilbey, Composer - Steve Kilbey, Lyricist - Gavin MacKillop, Producer

(P) 1992 Arista Records LLC

Album Description

Probably the most obscure album title yet from the Church, and definitely one of the least likely to provide a catchy radio single, but with this defiant reclaiming of their own destiny after the mess of Gold Afternoon Fix, the Church came up with its best album to date. If not as gloriously catchy as Heyday, Priest = Aura shows the Church fully in charge of creating evocative, poetic, and gripping music with a distinctly unsettling edge. Part of the strength of Priest = Aura is its excellent sequencing, organized from start to finish. The opening song, "Aura," finds the band coming in after an atmospheric synth start, Kilbey's sly lyric equally applicable to the band's recent situation and standing as a cryptic invocation of strange experiences away from home. "Ripple," which immediately follows, was the lead single, its soothing chorus floating above a strong, shadowy undertow of music below. With that as a start, everything continues up until the album's wrenching conclusion, starting with the dramatic, unnerving music hall chant of "The Disillusionist." After a brief break with "Old Flame," "Chaos" kicks in, a nearly ten-minute invocation of the title subject. Willson-Piper and Koppes rarely have sounded so powerful, while the final song, "Film," doesn't provide much further comfort. In between these two extremes, many other great songs -- "Swan Lake," with its portrait of a hellish home, the gentle dance-groove of "Feel," "Kings" and its epic U2-done-right feel and more -- fill out this astonishing album.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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