The Phantom Tollbooth

Music and more from a Christian perspective

Slow down, and have your change ready

Since 1996

 The Western Church seems to be content with thriving on poor art and second rate propaganda--if you don't believe me listen to K-Love or go see any of the "God Is Not Dead" films. The Eastern Orthodox Church, on the other hand, is concerned about honoring God through the creation and dissemination of great art and literature, making Doxacon a perfect fit.

This great value box set takes all the band’s studio releases and more than doubles them with a fascinating trove of historic sound snippets and alternative versions. It’s going to excite a lot of people.

Kells took the band up that extra gear into a new level, muscular drama meeting moments of exquisite beauty. The companion disc to this re-release features over 30 minutes of fascinating new material.

For those who appreciate the solid song aspect of Iona above the airy, this magnificent concept album about Brendan’s voyage to America, interspersed with more contemporary subjects, is probably their best album – and now even better with a bonus disc.

Iona was in its stride here, interweaving singable songs with ethereal pieces, but here the shorter songs become more atmospheric, creating a cathedral of sound across the set. And hymns, Jim, but not as we know them.

With its definitive line-up, this is as good as it gets: music full of emotional power, misty moods all mixed up with massive dollops of beauty and wonder.

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