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41. Getty, Keith and Kristyn – Live at the Gospel Coalition (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
This is the missing piece  of their portfolio: it carries  their usual classic  construction, Irish melodies, scriptural base, newly-found American country influences – and this time it's live.   Label: ...
Created on 12 January 2014
42. Stryper - No More Hell to Pay (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
With this energy and such powerful vocals, it's hard to believe that they have been around for so long. Tired? It's evidently not a word they know. Label: Frontiers Records Time: 12 Tracks /  51 minutes ...
Created on 15 November 2013
43. Johnson, Jeff, Brian Dunning and Wendy Goodwin – Winterfold (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Like a slimmed-down version of his Albion series, this Celtic-inspired instrumental collection is as cool and airy as a November forest. Label: Ark Music Time: 8 Tracks / 50 minutes Jeff Johnson ...
Created on 12 October 2013
44. Daniel Amos - Dig Here, Said the Angel (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
... this is another career highlight and possibly their best-ever sound. If they were all like this, we would all be cheering on the resurrection of concept albums. Derek Walker http://walkerwords.wordpress.com  ...
Created on 21 September 2013
45. Jars of Clay - Inland (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Jars consolidate the sound of Good Monsters and Eleventh Hour on another thoughtful and subdued release full of well-honed songs. Label: Gray Matters Time: 12 Tracks / 51 minutes The band's 20th ...
Created on 28 August 2013
46. Over the Rhine – Meet Me at the Edge of the World (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
... Light," with accordion by Van Dyke Parks, and "Blue Jean Sky" are simply perfectly-honed complete songs. This album beautifully complements the rest of their catalogue. They have come home. Derek ...
Created on 22 August 2013
47. <span class="highlight">Walker</span>, Dave - Peculiar Goings On
(Past Book Reviews)
Are there any cartoonists in the world who do church better than Walker? This fourth collection must be his strongest yet. Peculiar Goings On Author: Dave Walker Canterbury Press Paperback, 90pp. ...
Created on 30 August 2012
48. Keaggy, Phil - Live from Kegworth Studio (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Keaggy gives a honey-sounding solo performance of his greatest hits. Label:     Strobie Records Time:     13 tracks / 70 minutes Phil Keaggy had a problem. When performing live, he would play songs ...
Created on 09 January 2012
49. Powers, Michael – Revolutionary Boogie (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
... in her tone, you would not guess that she is also a jazz and opera singer. There is nothing here as revolutionary as the title suggests, but there is plenty of boogie – and fabulously played. Derek ...
Created on 19 November 2011
50. Switchfoot - Vice Verses (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Now we have a new standard to measure Switchfoot by... Label: Atlantic / EMI CMG Time: 12 tracks / 53 mins There are two things that several of us said about Switchfoot’s previous release Hello ...
Created on 01 November 2011
51. Vision - Streetfighter (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
(WalThis re-discovered ‘80s rock, with Southern ‘70s influences, may have become dated, but it has done so with dignity. Label: Born Twice 13 tracks /52 minutes It’s not always easy for musicians ...
Created on 20 August 2011
52. Iona - Another Realm (<span class="highlight">Walker</span>)
(Past Music Reviews)
Iona peer Hubble-like further and further into the unseen and give us the sound of wonder.   15 tracks /93 Minutes Open Sky (www.iona.uk.com) Some of Iona’s single albums have pushed the capacity ...
Created on 23 July 2011
53. Hackett, Steve – Genesis Revisited Live: Seconds Out & More
(Music Reviews)
You could probably guess the sound and quality of this album with some 95% accuracy, even if you haven’t heard it. This is the height of prog – highly accessible songs with elegiac instrumental passages. ...
Created on 31 August 2022
54. Held by Trees - Solace
(Music Reviews)
This instrumental and ambient album, brilliantly-pitched as a successor to Mark Hollis’s latter Talk Talk work, is more than a tribute. Label: self-released (https://heldbytrees.com/music) Time: 8 ...
Created on 30 April 2022
55. Haworth, Bryn – Ready or Not
(Music Reviews)
There are many genres featured here, but Haworth’s distinctive style brings them together. Label: Bella Music Time:  11 tracks, 41 minutes This is Haworth touching all bases: in order, he covers ...
Created on 21 March 2022
56. NMB – Innocence and Danger
(Past Music Reviews)
With more group involvement than ever before and eschewing the big topics, this set of two halves is broad enough to appeal to both tentative newcomers and long-time progheads. Label:    InsideOut ...
Created on 30 October 2021
57. Yes – The Quest
(Past Music Reviews)
The pioneering prog rockers’ first new album in seven years stands above much of their later work. This is a subtle reinvention and a worthwhile addition to the canon. Label: InsideOut Music, Sony ...
Created on 15 October 2021
58. Nic Amhlaoibh, Muireann – Thar Toinn/ Seaborne
(Past Music Reviews)
This is the way to do Irish traditional music: beautiful tunes and a mix of moods. Nic Amhlaoibh means ‘Sea maiden’ and the sea is a theme in these songs.   Label: Self-released – www.muireann.ie Time: ...
Created on 31 August 2021
59. Caravan – Who Do You Think We Are? (37 Disc Box set)
(Past Music Reviews)
... ground for adolescent humour to break into the song titles: “Dance of the Seven Paper Hankies”, “Hold Grandad by the Nose” and “Derek’s Long Thing” are three examples that could have been joined by “He ...
Created on 22 August 2021
60. Transatlantic – The Absolute Universe
(Past Music Reviews)
The title hints at the ambition of this huge prog project. Why release just one album, when you can release two (or three) versions at once? But which one to buy? Label: InsideOut Records   Time: ...
Created on 18 August 2021

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