Between Two Churches

Between Two Churches

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Studio album released 7 November 2005

After nearly 50 new songs, extensive solo tours and three live albums capturing them for posterity, Colin Vearncombe goes into hiding once more: Black is back. Between Two Churches‚ released in 2005, is the first Black album since 1993.

The ambiguity of the name Black gives me valuable freedom as a singer/songwriter.

This is the one I’ve been working towards: the best one since the first one.


The album spills over with catchy melodies, swings between rock and folky acoustic tracks, and is both energetic and mature.

I am deeply moved. This is a coming of age record with a difference.

Comedy co-producer Robin Millar

Between Two Churches was produced by Calum MacColl. Calum’s songwriting, production and performance credits include work with Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Christie Hennessy.

Read ‘Between Two Churches – Essay No. 8 in the series The Music of Black (Colin Vearncombe)’ here.


One comment on “Between Two Churches”

I was just revisiting this album this week. I love the transition back into band arrangements after the intense, harmonica rack catharsis of “Smoke Up Close” and the acoustic releases bookending it. After that purifying minimalism of the early naughties, the mood turned more expansive again, yet not fully baroque.

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