Ok, back in February of 2011, Clint & I were having a discussion about The Church. The discussion was about whether Starfish was a better album than Gold Afternoon Fix. I was saying that I actually liked Gold Afternoon Fix slightly better than Starfish. Clint said I was crazy and asked me to rate each song indiviually. It only took me almost 4 years, but I finally got the ratings done:

Starfish:

Destination 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Under the Milky Way 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Blood Money 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Lost 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
North, South, East and West 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Spark 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Antenna 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Reptile 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
A New Season 5/5 stars, 8/10 rating
Hotel Womb 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating

Gold Afternoon Fix:

Pharoah 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Metropolis 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Terra Nova Cain 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
City 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Monday Morning 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Russian Autumn Heart 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Essence 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
You’re Still Beautiful 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Disappointment 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating
Transient 5/5 stars, 8/10 rating
Laughing 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Fading Away 5/5 stars, 10/10 rating
Grind 5/5 stars, 9/10 rating

Based on that data, it turns out Clint was right. On the whole, Starfish as an album is better than Gold Afternoon Fix. Only slightly, though. 60% 5 stars, 10 rating songs on Starfish while there is only 54% of 5/5, 10/10 songs on Gold Afternoon Fix.

That said, I’m looking forward to seeing The Church play at the 9:30 Club in March!