Flashback Friday Album Review: Beat the System

Since we looked at one of Greg X. Volz's solo albums a few weeks ago, and we've looked at a couple of John Schlitt-era Petra albums, why not take a look at a Volz-era Petra release? This 1985 release would be the last studio album for Volz before embarking on a solo career (the live-album …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: Simple Expression

Since we looked at Mike Stand's solo debut last week, we might as well take a gander at the second. If you are like me, you might have the two on a limited edition twofer CD released by KMG Records many years ago. KMG also released similar CDs by other Frontline artists of the late …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: Do I Stand Alone?

If you were to ask me what I thought the best album you've never heard of was, I would say this one--and the follow up solo effort, Simple Expressions, from Altar Boys frontman, Mike Stand. I say that, of course, assuming you've never heard of it. It wasn't a stand out (no pun intended) album …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: Mercy

From the drumbeat and horns that kick off the opening track, Bryan Duncan gives us an introduction to not only the first song and the vibe of the album, but also the sound that marked his career--groove. Mercy was Bryan's standout album. It blended everything that his music embodied--strong vocals, energy, honesty, humor, and the …

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Flashback Friday Album Review: Commander Sozo and the Charge of the Light Brigade

Not so long ago, we looked at DeGarmo & Key's 1986 Streetlight. Today, we'll be taking a gander at their previous effort, Commander Sozo and the Charge of the Light Brigade. The album opens with the catchy and energetic "Activate" and then onto a series of light,  mid-tempo, synth-laden songs full of bright, cheery, catchy hooks. …

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