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Squint by Steve Taylor

Cross Rhythms Rating: 10/10
CD: Album
Tags: Rock, CD, Album, Airplay, Recommended, Top Rated
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8 copies available
  1. 1. The Lament Of Desmond R G Underwood-Frederick IV
  2. 2. Bannerman
  3. 3. Smug
  4. 4. Jesus Is For Losers
  5. 5. The Finish Line
  6. 6. The Moshing Floor
  7. 7. Easy Listening
  8. 8. Curses
  9. 9. Sock Heaven
  10. 10. Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts)
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

In years past I've flown my journalistic colours to the mast and shouted from the rooftops (well, the pages of the old Buzz magazine the importance of Steve Taylor (I seem to be doing it again this issue!). But I confess it was with some trepidation that I first played this album. Despite all the Radio One exposure generated by friends in high places (Simon Mayo, not God) the 'secular' album Steve recorded with Chagall Guavara was, for me, a desperately disappointing venture. Would, I asked myself, "Squint' continue down that album's ill advised journey into the darker labyrinths of grunge? Would the rock layers again so dominate that Taylor's impassioned lyricism become buried in decibel? Could Steve recapture in '94 the same honed sharpness that had sliced through my heart and mind in 1983? Or was Steve destined to join the ranks of rock's Yesterday Men?' By play three of 'Squint' all was revealed. Steve was BACK displaying all the insight, wit and prophetic power of his lyricist's scalpel and all the intuitive rhythmic thrust of his streetwise musical sensibilities. The track that first thrilled my heart was not, as I have might have expected, one of his angry denouncements of the sins of our age but 'Jesus Is For Losers', a thrillingly Jesus-centred lyric that brought balm to this reviewer's spirit. Soon, other songs came into focus, the charming mid tempo 'The Finish Line', the strictly rockers 'Curses' (Steve always had a feel for a reggae groove) and then that incisive glimpse of the Western World gorging on its greed and idolatry in a dizzying mini rock-opera 'Cash Cow'. At its worst the world of CCM can be a shallow, inbred, unlovely thing where third rate talents play at pop star for an evangelical audience too insecure to risk contamination by rubbing shoulders with sinners. At best it remains a platform from which the prophet's voice can be heard. Steve Taylor's 'Squint' belongs to the latter category.

Style: Rock
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 4196
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Warner Alliance WBD4158
Items: 1
Release Date: 1993
Steve Taylor - I Want To Be A CloneSteve Taylor - I Want To Be A Clone
Rock 12 inch vinyl


The classic six-song debut from 1984 by the rock iconoclast.

Steve Taylor - On The FritzSteve Taylor - On The Fritz
Rock 12 inch vinyl


For more information about Steve Taylor, check the Steve Taylor Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by John Gordon at 01:02 on Aug 15 2012

Sorry, but anyone who describes any of CG's songs as "grunge" loses any real credibility.

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