To Decorate The Blue Sky| Posted March 02, 2008
"Free Flying Soul" was the follow-up album to the brilliant "Speckled Bird" and the overall vibe of this album is not dissimilar to that of its predecessor, though perhaps a little more ethereal. The quality of the songs represented here is indicative of the wonderfully high standards The Choir consistently sets. Tracks such as "The Chicken", "Salamander" and "The Warbler" instantly stand out as examples of what is great about The Choir, and songs like "Butterfly" and "Away With The Swine" only take a few listenings to become highlights. Steve Hindalong's lyrics contain a poetry that is, as usual, delivered flawlessly by Derri Daugherty's distinctive and memorable voice. My single problem with the album stems from my frustration with the songs "Leprechaun" and "Yellow-Haired Moneys". Both are great songs and could have potentially been my favourites from the album, but the are both far too short for my liking. I really would have loved to hear them fleshed out a little more, especially "Yellow-Haired Moneys"....Anyway, enough of my petty griping - in short, if you don't own this CD, track it down and rectify the hole in your collection immediately. If you have already discovered The Choir's brilliance, revel in it.
Personal Highlights: Away With The Swine / The Ocean
Personal Low Points: Slow Spin / The length of Leprechaun & Y.H.M.