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Steps of the Mission
Artist: Steps of the Mission
Artist: Terry Talbot and Luna Negra http://http://www.masonproffit.com/store.html
Label:  Indie
Length: 38 minutes
 
Terry Talbot has been around for a long time.  He started with Mason Proffit, the “best group that never made it really big.”  So be it.  Talbot has produced outstanding music over the years, in partnership with his brother John Michael Talbot, Barry McGuire, and others (reads like a who’s who of Christian music).  Additionally, he has been a session guitarist for others (Glen Campbell and others).  He has consistently produced outstanding music.
 
His latest CD, Steps of the Mission, could be described as a Christian, Celtic, sevillana CLASS ACT.  The entire CD is filled with superior vocals, musicianship, and production.  For this review, I want to address the first three cuts on the cd:
 
  • “Love One Another” - I have heard this before, years ago.  It never sounded like his.  The cut starts out with some first rate percussion (flamenco/sevillana, with an almost tabla sound).  It then weaves the first guitar run all around itself, resolving again and again.  Take the time to sit down and LISTEN to this thing, a couple of times.  Terry knows how to draw his listener into the song, to play with the listener, and then resolve the music into a perfect finale.
  •  “Murphy’s Law” - As a guitarist, the artistry in this cut just makes me sick.  I hope that he has at least triple tracked this thing.  The thought that he could play this in less than three or four separate tracks overlaid on each other is just more than I can take.  I just can’t figure out whether he should have been the lead performer on _Oh Brother Where Art Thou_, or on Dan Crary’s _Men of Steel_.  SUPERIOR guitar playing.  Terry, you should cut instructional guitar lessons so that most of the rest of us can at least give it a shot.
  • “Li Li Li” - Now this one starts right out of Seville, Spain.  I have seen Sevilliana/Flamenco dancers that would DIE for this sort of accompaniment.  I have no idea where Terry found these people.  The song includes some searing guitar work, great vocals, and again, superior production.  At the risk of sounding redundant, LISTEN to this cut a couple of times.  At about the fourth trip through it, I began to get a real appreciation for the artistry here.
Most of Terry’s recorded works are unavailable, which is a real shame.  Breaking out of the usual “Christian music” genre is what Terry has done best over the years.  This is his best work.
 
Joe Toher  
8/20/2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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