The Phantom Tollbooth

Music and more from a Christian perspective

Slow down, and have your change ready

Since 1996

Soup - The Beauty of Our Youth album cover as reviewed on The Phantom Tollboothpick-of-the-monthWistful, ambient, and achingly gorgeous, The Beauty of Our Youth is a soundscape of purposeful orchestration, recalling the days of childhood and adolescence in a dreamlike haze of retrospective emotion.

This is an exquisite package – both music and visuals have beauty and style, while trying to recover precious things being lost.



Ollive Tree Reviewed in the Phantom TollboothSpicer seems wary of straying too far from his doorstep on this jazzy, (almost) instrumental guitar album.

Spiderfence Randy.  Kerkman album coverRandy Kerkman returns to music. Fans of Mission of Mercy, Yondergoy, and his wife, Beki Hemingway, rejoice!

rsz they want my soul


This is good stuff from a band that consistently delivers.

Wrecking Ball (Special Edition)

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball as reviewed in Phantom TollboothHats off to a popular musician with the gravitas to share his spiritualism in his music.

I_Will_Praise_You_RSJA mature Rebecca St. James returns with a solid collection of mostly original worship songs.

Nashville meets Derbyshire: decently crafted songs to please Americana lovers, but unlikely to draw in a wider audience.

Stamper interstitialsJoshua Stamper - guitarist / composer / arranger and all-around musical genius - adds vocals and thoughtful, poetic lyrics into the mix, filling in the blanks with artistic integrity on Interstitials....


cover90Thoughtful music about the inifitely small and The Infinitely Big, from an ensemble featuring woodwinds, brass and guitar, and the unadorned vocals of composer Josh Stamper.

micah stamppleyMicah Stampley keeps things fresh, combining the best of all things gospel, on Love Never Fails...

John leon stanekIV, a new hope. There's passion here all right – but some of it could have been directed better.

Candi Staton Hallelujah AnywayThis U.S. R & B/disco/gospel artist once more rises to the top of the charts and back onto everyone's radar via the Spanish dance clubs scene to the BBC to England's Christian oriented Cross Rhythms Radio.

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