The Phantom Tollbooth

Music and more from a Christian perspective

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Since 1996

Pilgrimage 90 pick-of-the-month Pilgrimage is a journey worth taking. 

GR2 90This is a pretty unique brand, and well played, but I wonder how much rock is lost by the Gregorian approach.

bob bennet joyA classic artist returns with a classic album. Bob Bennett fans can rejoice for Joy Deep As Sorrow!



Polydactyl is a strong showcase of Ed Bernard’s mature musicianship, caliber of songwriting, and clear musical vision.

 

Preludes-Etudes-Album-200x179The electric guitar as the centerpiece of a classical album... this guitar slinger heroically tackles the classics plugged in and at full gallop!

Big Big Train - Folklore as reviewed on The Phantom TollboothFolklore has energy, melody, nuance, and character, and it’s certainly a candidate for best album of 2016.

Big Big Train Wassail Album CoverWassail is a solid EP, foreshadowing Big Big Train’s forthcoming material.  This is just another bite-sized portion of the band’s stylistic craft, enough to keep fellow “passengers” whistling for a while longer as we wait for the Train to once again depart the station.

Big kettle drum. Derivative in a healthy way, this cohesive band delivers a very solid set of riffy, slide-based and banjo-enhanced rock

Bishop Reilly Bishop Reilly Album Cover as reviewed on The Phantom TollboothBishop Reilly is a mature offering from a pair of musicians with a lot of experience behind them.  Their music is a conjunction of folk, blues, and rock: a vehicle for stories that connect to the human heart.

In a genre as simple and saturated as blues, it takes something bold to stand out from the crowd. This one certainly has it.

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