“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 younger Gen-Xers and older Millennials to Taylor’s mad genius (after all, it had been six years since ‘1990’ and two years since ‘Chagall Guevara’. Almost an eternity in music years back then).
Like his previous albums, his fun and witty musical style and satirical lyrics poked a little fun and a lot of criticism on the surrounding culture, and Christianity was not exempt. But this album also had introspective moments (albeit still with plenty of Taylor’s tongue-in-cheek lyrical style) with songs like “Jesus is for Losers” and “Sock Heaven,” and had encouraging moments with songs like “The Finish Line” and “Curses” and the sheer fun of “Bannerman.”
Taylor’s knack for creativity was not only in lyrics and music but also extended to video directing as well. As the long-form accompanying video to the ‘I Predict 1990’ album was the best set of Christian concept videos of the 80s, this album’s accompanying long-form video was the best set from the 90s era as well.
Taylor also directed music videos and produced albums for other artists throughout the 90s, such as Newsboys, Guardian and Sixpence None the Richer (including their hit song, ‘Kiss Me’).
This would be the last of Taylor’s solo albums (he has more recently released a few under ‘Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil,’ which includes former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler). Out of all of Taylor’s albums, after 25 years, this one has withstood the test of time the best, by far.