Flashback Friday Album Review: “Squint”

"Squint," the second Steve Taylor album on the Flashback Friday list, is the solo follow-up to the first Taylor album reviewed on this blog, "I Predict 1990" (the one-album self-titled "Chagall Guevara" was released in between the two). This 1993 grungy album strayed from his previously synth-laden 'new-wave' and early alternative formats, and introduced the …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “Beyond Nature”

This is the second Phil Keaggy album reviewed on this blog (the first was The Wind and the Wheat) and like the first, is also an instrumental.  But unlike 'The Wind and the Wheat,' or his first instrumental, 'The Master and the Musician,' this is an entirely acoustic performance.  However, like 'The Wind and the Wheat,' in …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “Freedom”

While this album starts with a bang (and usually the album openers are the best), consider the first two songs, "Bye Bye Babylon" and "Sing Your Freedom," as opening acts before this incredible album really comes alive. Perhaps that alone is one of its best attributes. You hear two good songs, but as the album …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: “Russ Taff”

The year 1987 was perhaps one of the best in the 80s CCM era, and the third solo release from Russ Taff was no exception. This was a stand out from his previous works, by far, and his follow-ups never held quite the same scale of production and passion as this. His powerful vocal performance …

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Flashback Friday album review: I Predict 1990

While all of his albums are pure genius, this is one of two that have really stood the test of time the best, and became the springboard for Taylor to delve into other roles as producer and video director. The 1987 'big 80s' production of '1990' was far above and beyond the quality of his …

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