Sunday, May 22, 2005

Farewell, Bleach

Most who read this blog will probably not have heard of Bleach, a rock band of the Christian variety which, a few months ago, released their final CD. Bleach has been recording since 1996. Often dismissed by critics and overlooked by fans, Bleach nonetheless churned out a string of terrific releases.

I myself probably saw them four times over the years. Once, when playing on a bill with Skillet, I thought that Bleach was a bit off. But every other time I heard them, they rocked memorably, demonstrating a great rapport with their audiences and evidencing authenticity in their humanity and their faith.

This was a good straight-ahead rock ensemble. (Who not so secretly loved country music, too.)

The newest and last Bleach CD is called Farewell Old Friends. Reviewers linked below point out the similarities between Bleach and groups like Weezer, Oasis, Beck, and others. That's all true.

But here's something else that only some of the critics have said with which I agree wholeheartedly: This is the best Bleach album of all! Thanks, Bleach...You did well!

Reviews here, here, and here.

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