On Being 1987
by Martin Fawkes
For the Christian, the death of a loved one brings a sense of bittersweet joy/sadness as we juggle the sense of loss (of life) and gain (of Life).
Deep within the hearts of all who love Christ, there is a longing to taste Life, despite the trauma of transition.
Terry Taylor's allegorical A Briefing for the Ascent
is a lyrical and sensitive concept album artistically detailing the trauma and hope of Christian death.
Written in the two weeks prior to the passing of his own grandmother, and initially sung to her on her deathbed, there is a poignancy in presentation that could only come from one who has wrestled with grief.
Taylor's love of the three-minute pop song format shines throughout, each song introspective but filled with tender sweetness.
The closing songs are simple, empotional and uncontrived, but quite arresting in tying the album concept together and leaving the listener longing for Heaven.
Cross Rhythms April 20, 2011
This solo album from the great mind behind DA and the Siwrling Eddies is totally wonderful.
Terry Taylor has always been such a talented man of the Lord, I cant believe how few people know about him, especially when he puts special and moving albums like this out.
A Briefing For The Ascent is a beautiful album. The tunes are all so lovely and really connect with me. I am more of an acoustic man overall, but this guy and his groups just fulfill on every level every time.
This is pop rock at its very best. A Briefing For The Ascent is of particular note, a gorgeous track with some amazing production. Terry's soulfulness of voice here too add to the impact of the record.
My Love, my Love is another beautiful track, with some great guitar work that makes the whole thing sparkle. And the lyric is a wonderful love poem. This man knows how to write soul stirring tear jerking songs.
The short but sweet climax of Going Home is just perfect, and "Long Long Long" is done freshly and with soul. "Where Dreams Come True" is another standout. But what am I saying? The whole record is hugely effective, with a strong linking theme which is totally evident in the title track. Terry has blown my socks off again. I cant wait to see and hear him do it again. DA, The Lost Dogs, Swirling Eds and the man himself are all phenomenal stuff indeed.
Oh yeah, have I told you this album is gorgeous?
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