Wednesday, July 03, 2019

The Talbot Brothers

In 1974, when this album was released, contemporary Christian music had not yet coalesced into the monolithic, saccharine, soporific entity that quickly emerged. Case in point: the Talbot Brothers, one Terry and Johnny (later John Michael; he of the upraised hand blocking the sun, and the biggest-selling Catholic musician of all time), who mixed tales of being Born Again with genuinely moving social protest like this song, bluegrass odes to smoking weed, etc. It was a different time. The guitar work is superb, and you can't beat great sibling harmonies. This is a wonderful album, regardless of your theological persuasions, or lack thereof.

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