I remember going to my local Christian record store and getting to listen to Stavesacre’s Speakeasy the Saturday before the albums Tuesday release. And I enjoyed the first 3-4 songs as I quickly gave the record a run through. I didn’t own Speakeasy until a month later at Christmas when my parents got it for me.
I wouldn’t have put these words to it at the time but 11 years later I think I can confidently say Speakeasy is the greatest Christian rock record of all time. It holds up perfectly. Speakeasy is always in the dash of my car and gets a spin at least once every month.
The opening track kicks in hard as Minutemen blasts through the intro and intro Mark Salomon’s crooning vocals. The first wow moment on the record is when the riff of Keep Waiting hits your speakers. Keep Waiting is that perfect combo of upbeat hard hitting rock that Stavesacre brings and beauty. Rivers Underneath strikes on all the right notes and Gold and Silver has probably been voted as the greatest song Stavesacre has ever written. I still don’t understand why the band split St Eriksplan into two tracks but the song is amazing. Their cover version of the Cure’s Fascination Street drew criticism but I think their cover is better then the original.
Speakeasy runs just under 55 minutes and is awesome top to bottom. Each song unique but the album as a whole makes sense together ands plays perfectly. It’s never waned since I got and to this day remains a favorite. If you’ve never given Stavesacre, and specifically Speakeasy, a spin, you’re missing out on one of the greatest records I’ve ever heard.