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Terry Scott Taylor – Imaginarium

Terry Scott Taylor has been around a long time. He started off in the Christian band he fronts, Daniel Amos. Then there is The Lost Dogs, an alternative country supergroup. Not to mention The Swirling Eddies. Plus, somehow, the man finds time to do his own solo material. He cranks out songs like there is no tomorrow.

And then there is Imaginarium. Taylor was approached by a new video game company to compose the music to accompany their video game. So he did it, writing quirky songs to fit the video game. They liked the results so much that whey the did a follow up video game, they got him to do the music again. All of the music, from both video games, has been squeezed onto two discs and released in one package for fans of both Taylor and the video games.

Ripped out of the context of a video game, the music sounds thin and sketchy. The guitars are all acoustic, played in a militant strum that makes the guitars sound more percussive than anything. Drums tap out a beat, but don’t really do anything worth listening to. Whistles and strings and horns and other assorted instruments then are what adds flavor to the tracks.

The big interest in this album is Terry Scott Taylor’s vocals. Here more than any other recording I have heard from him he explores the farthest reaches of what his voice can do. At various points he sounds like a less guttural Tom Waits. A lot of the album though paints Taylor as a Mike Patton singing Lewis Carroll’s popular poem, “Jabberwocky.” The poem is a nonsense poem, here are a few lines for an example: “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/Did gyre and gimble in the wabe.” It kind of reminds me of trying to read Chaucer in the Middle English. It almost makes sense, but not really.

There are actually a fair number of tracks that work fairly well in the context of an album. However, there is so much which is also, in the context of an album, quite skippable, that simply finding the really good tracks is a chore. I mean, there are over 30 tracks on each CD in the set. Over 70 songs spanning the two discs. Some of them are only seconds of sound, others are longer with more of a traditional song structure. Yet Imaginarium is an important album for sole reason that nothing else that a Christian artist has released really sounds like this. Sure, The Danielson Famile has done their own brand of weird and odd music, and so has Daniel Amos and The Swirling Eddies. But none of it sounds like this. For that reason this album stands alone.

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August 9, 2007 - Posted by | Music, Video Games

3 Comments »

  1. Saw you on BeerLeaguer and you said you were from Central PA…whereabouts? I too am from Central PA and my buddy and I run a Phillies blog- We Should Be GM’s @ http://pabaseball.blogspot.com

    Come check it out, and if you like, we could swap links.

    Comment by GM-Carson | August 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. did you see the swirling eddies have a new album out? it is called “the midget the molecule and the speck”

    Comment by drivebymedia | August 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. I did see that. If I was either a) a bigger SE fan or b)not poor as hell right now I would definitely pick it up. As it is…

    Comment by sirtheory | August 19, 2007 | Reply


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