Daniel Amos - Darn Floor - Big Bite Deluxe Edition

Published Tuesday 13th January 2009
Daniel Amos - Darn Floor - Big Bite Deluxe Edition
Daniel Amos - Darn Floor - Big Bite Deluxe Edition

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77189-15169
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

It has always puzzled me why Daniel Amos were not a huger band. They were creative, imaginative and had the artistic strength to have surely become a big mainstream band. Instead they created and continue to enjoy a cult following where the songs of Terry Taylor find a home in the hearts of the faithful. This re-release celebrates their 1987 album with a sumptuous deluxe package including extended liner notes, a bonus disc of demos, live material and an interview with Taylor himself. The album, originally released under the band name D A, followed the last instalment of 'The Alarma Chronicles' and built on the musical direction the band had taken with 'Fearful Symmetry'. The band's art rock new wave sound is very rooted in the '80s but has travelled pretty well in this 20th anniversary re-release. The combination of Taylor's songs and guitarist Greg Flesch's textures creates both haunting atmospheres and upbeat energy ranging from the moody "Earth Household" to the fantastic edgy title cut. The title was famously taken from Californian gorilla Coko who had been taught to sign words. After an earthquake Coko signed "Darn Floor - Big Bite". There are so many songs to enjoy here and my main favourites are the stripped down new wave of "Safety Net" and at the end of the album the two closing songs, "The Unattainable Earth" and "The Shape Of Air". There's a great live recording of "The Unattainable Earth" recorded at the time when Taylor seemed genuinely moved that the crowd know the words to the song. 20 years on, this is still a classic Christian music album and worth investigating in its nicely repackaged form and perhaps for music fans new to the band, a good place to start discovering one of the consistently great Christian rock bands of all time.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Matt in Bridgend @ 16:05 on Apr 20 2011

There's too little of albums like this in the Christian world. Theres some very very probing and insightful gems on this brilliant alternative outting from Daniel Amos. The guys defintely have reached a peak here, but just keep on getting better and better all the time. One can feel the presence of Christ behind every single tune.

Return of the Beat Menace is a brilliantly illuminating song of the po facedism of many a Christian, and also the state of the church itself. Anyone who wants to praise the Father with originality is cursed and thrown to the wolves.

Strange Animals really just sums up the human condition brilliantly. Its what we all feel and what we're all like. Terry Taylor has a knack of revealing the sick heart of man with songs like this.

Darn Floor Big Bite is one of those amazing songs that rings with brilliant mood and emotion and deep piercing words. The mighty power of our risen Lord is not to be glossed over!

The Earth Household has some wonderous keyboard work, which is almost haunting in a way. And the lyric is pure and frank of what any real Christian desires: to be away from this place soon.

Safety Net is a song of assurance of how Christ cares for us, and the theme actually resonates through the album all along. Pictures of the Gone World is another song of loss and hope and the dire state of humanity.

Divine Instant is a brilliant love song, totally different in approach and effect. I love the simple watery flowing tune.

Half Light has to be one of the strongest songs on the record, for it has an honesty that is seldom present in music and heart. You really feel you are seeing all the groups hearts with songs like these. The Unattainable Earth has one of the best riffs ever from Greg Flesch, and The Shape of Air is beautiful hope.

It is so sad there are not more albums like this terrific outting from Terry and the guys. But I thank God theyve done this one. Its helped me so much on my walk.

Posted by chris schröer in Ostermundigen, Switzerland @ 10:41 on Mar 5 2009

Being a big fan of Punk ,New Wave ,Hard'n'Heavy ,Bebop and Post-classic and Prophets, i was astounded at the creativity of Vox Humana , Darn Floor- Big Bite and Fearful Symmetry.
That stuff's still not dated, even over 20 years later.God bless those crazy brothers!!

Posted by Wolfgang Elste in Lüdenscheid, Germany @ 09:23 on Jan 18 2009

I became a christian in the year 1990 and the first christian music that I heard that I thought is really interesting for me was 'Darn Floor Big Bite' by Daniel Amos. Shortly after that somebody gave me the Daniel Amos record 'Fearful symmetry'. This album that sounds like a mixture of Beatles, Beach Boys, Captain Beafheart and Hank Williams and is influenced by poets like William Blake and Kierkegaard is still one of my alltime favourites. From that moment on I collected everything by Terry Taylor and the bands he is involved in (Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies, The Lost Dogs) and cds that are produced by him (Randy Stonehill, Starflyer59, Jacobs Trouble a.o.). I even bought books from William Blake, Kierkegaard and frederik Buechner because of Daniel Amos. Today I got hundreds of christian Cds but when I have a hard time and need some encouragement I mainly listen to Daniel Amos and some other musicians from the seventies and the eighties. (Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman, Mark Heard, Livesavers Underground)

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