Does anyone remember Steve Taylor? Does anyone remember his last album, Squint, released back in 1993? No? If so, don’t worry, because he’s back! After twenty-one years (longer than my whole life), Steve is back, and he’s brought a new band along with him. Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil released their debut album, Goliath in November last year, and if anyone recalls my 2014 album list, will remember this got pretty high.
I love music that catches my ear and tells me it’s got something different to offer. Today the radio is saturated with easy going pop songs that may give you a little bump, but unfortunately not much more. As I said in a previous post, CCM is just becoming too formulaic. But thankfully Steve Taylor (who is a classic, and slightly controversial, CCM artist) has released an album that is well worth noting.
First off, this album is far away from anything on the contemporary radio today. It’s pure, classic rock ‘n’ roll! The overall sound is easily reminiscent of the 80’s, with a good dose of the classic Newsboys sound thrown in. It’s not too far away in style from the Newsboys’ album Take Me To Your Leader.
The album begins with Only A Ride. I can’t think of a better way to begin the album, with a deliciously catchy hook contemplated by Steve’s raspy, raw vocals. It’s about not believing life is “only a ride,” but something more. Steve screams, “If it’s only a ride, why am I bleeding!” Very thought provoking and clever, as Steve Taylor always is.
Lyrically, this is a masterpiece of an album. Steve goes from the humorous Moonshot, It’ll spell out my name where the sun don’t ever shine, the extremely deep and pun filled, Comedian, the satirical look at modern media in Rubberneck, the mock against the devil in Goliath, to the worshipful, yet poetic, A Life Preserved. There’s not one song on this album that falters lyrically, and it’s such a breath of fresh air.
What this album doesn’t do is slow down, at least not until the final two songs and Standing in Line. It rocks all the way through. Each song is unique and a standout. It’s evident they took their time to write and record, considering the year long delay, and it is definitely worth the wait.
In the end, it’s really hard to fault this album. If there are any criticisms to give, it would be that it’s definitely not everyone’s taste. Steve’s voice may take a bit of getting used to and the lyrics can be hard to understand on surface level, but that’s all listener preference and definitely not a fault to the album itself.
Overall, if there’s one word that comes to mind while listening to this album, it would be original. Steve and the band have made an album the music industry desperately needs. For anyone looking for music that breaks the norm, do not miss Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil’s Goliath. Let’s all hope classic rock ‘n’ rolls makes a comeback very soon!