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Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

  • Summary: The first full-length studio release in six years from Australian psych-rock group The Church was produced by its drummer, Tim Powles.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 3, 2023
    Few bands of their day, and especially those of the post-punk '80s, are as consistent as the Church at writing songs that sound like more sophisticated and mature versions of their classic material.
  2. Mar 1, 2023
    Whether calming you with lush numbers like “Aerodrome” and “The Coming Days” or tickling the edges of your mind with “Thorn”, the result is another stunning record, no matter who’s pulling or plucking the strings.
  3. Mar 1, 2023
    Needless to say, long-term fans of this band should find The Hypnogogue a boon to their devotion. But it’s also true this latest work would function effectively as an introduction to this rock and roll institution from Down Under.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 1, 2023
    The Hypnogogue is like every other Church album, and nothing quite like any of them; both statements are intended as compliments. [Apr 2023, p.26]
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    May 2, 2023
    That The Church remain so vigorous and vibrant is a delightful surprise indeed. [Jun 2023, p.75]
  6. Mar 23, 2023
    The Hypnagogue reaffirms why this band have been held in high esteem for so long, as the swashbuckling former single “C’est La Vie” and pensive “Thorn” in particular beam with a radiant glow that emits throughout the entire album.
  7. 70
    On The Hypnogogue, the quintet creates fluid moods, moving in idiosyncratic directions while maintaining the shadowy gaze that has defined The Church’s style. Still, a few more songs like the relatively pop-oriented “C’est La Vie” would help elevate and energize the album by varying its consistency.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 21, 2023
    The album started very well, wobbled a bit in the middle and got a bit boring towards the end. Still, it's a good album.