- reviewed by Andrea Dawn Goforth Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2008 1 Oct
- Minor Keys
- The Brightest of The Head
- Who Said It's Easy?
- Mr. Martin
- I Love You Like The Little Bird
I was just 8 years old when classic shoe-gazer band Starflyer 59 formed in 1993, so it's no small feat that they've managed to stay relevant and innovative for well over a decade.
Lead singer Jason Martin remains the creative core of Starflyer 59, recording multiple instruments on many of their albums and staying the course throughout the many changes to the line-up—10 to be exact. But he continues to keep the band's heart beating for the eleventh full-length album,
"Minor Keys" opens the album with a smooth bass line and a rhythmic drum beat a la The Cure's "Lovesong". Martin creates an airy atmosphere with distant vocals and interesting layered instrumentation, but also manages to plug in a hooky chorus without sacrificing the organic feel of the song. "Concentrate," on the other hand, plays with a feel reminiscent of The Scissor Sisters, adding the synth sounds and 80's drums that were first introduced with Starflyer's '98 release
"Automatic" picks up the back half of
Though Starflyer's lyricism is generally subtle in spirituality, there are songs on this album where it's clearly expressed. "The Brightest of The Head," for example, is very confessional, as Martin sings, "What makes a man is inside … God forgive what I've found, forgive what I think." And "I Love You Like a Little Bird" makes reference to Matthew 6:25 in talking about love and caring for the needs of each other.
It all adds up to another impressive work from Starflyer 59. While a mix up of indie-80's-electronic-shoegazer-piano rock could sound like a recipe for disaster, Starflyer 59 makes it work, and has once again brought something fresh to the Christian music scene.