Daniel Amos - Mr Buechner's Dream

Published Sunday 18th May 2008
Daniel Amos - Mr Buechner's Dream
Daniel Amos - Mr Buechner's Dream

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 16749-13637
LABEL: Galaxy 21 GXD4931

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

For over 30 years Daniel Amos have been labouring away creating some of the most amazing music in Christendom. Now Terry Taylor et al have surpassed themselves with this immense set. 33 songs spread over two discs, this 2001 album gives you 105 minutes of music without any filler. It's great value but it can also be a little overwhelming at first. Lyrically, Taylor has always been extremely well read and literate which has meant that unlike a lot of the fluff out there, he has plenty to say and a very clever way of saying it. On this set he's not scared to examine difficult issues, particularly the struggles of the faith. There's a tribute to the late Gene Eugene, plenty of songs that examine the struggles of biblical characters and overall a gorgeous mix of reality and hope that is seldom captured by other writers more likely to sugar coat their songs. Musically and lyrically this is a diverse set which gets better with every listen. The first CD is one of those concept pieces that Taylor is so fond of recording. Highlights are "Ribbons And Bows" where he creates new ways of communicating his thoughts. "My Beautiful Martyr" examines the sacrifice of Christ. To be honest, there is so much good stuff here that it's becoming increasingly difficult to single out special songs. On the second disc "Easy For You" examines why faith comes so easily to some but not to others whilst "Pretty Little Lies" is a clever little love song with a difference! I won't spoil the twist! Listening to the whole set, it seems as though Taylor was so overjoyed to be making music with his band once more that he couldn't turn off the tap of creativity and boy am I glad about that! In a career that has included quite a few classics, perhaps this set tops them all!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Matthew in Bridgend @ 02:47 on Mar 11 2011

I have to admit that there is just something very very special about this album from the alternative greats Daniel Amos. Terry Taylor has never once appeared to run out of steam, and here its like he's twisted the creativity knob round to 200 percent.

For I dont usually call albums Beautiful unless I have good reason, and this album really is something very special indeed. There is no weak track on the album. Terry's skill at writing very deeply probing songs is always a joy to behold.

Mr Beuchners dream never pauses for breath, never slips into repetitive mode, and Im not ashamed to say rather a lot of the tracks here brought tears to my eyes upon my very first listening of them! Yes, this album really is one of the very greatest Christian alternative albums of all time. "Beautiful Martyr" and "Steal Away" are simply wonderful songs. And yet the thing is that once again the album isnt overdone, the production is simple and direct, and wonderful to listen to. This album is now the best DA album, and where can they go from here? One thing Ive learnt from Mr Taylor and DA is that they have just have the easy knack of just getting better and better all the time...

Posted by Wolfgang Elste in Germany @ 13:53 on May 19 2008

1990 shortly after I became a christian someone gave me the record 'fearful symmetry' by Daniel Amos. I didn't knew that christian music that creative and interesting existed and since then Daniel Amos (and the other bands with Terry Taylor : The Lost Dogs + the Swirling Eddies) are my all time favourite music. Terry Taylor's solo music is also very interesting. Among others there is a double cd with very funny music for videogames (Imaginarium) and a folk/countrycd about his live and his childhood in southern california (Avocado Faultline). Maybe somebody will also write a review about the last Lost Dogs Cds. There is one with very moving songs (The lost cabin and the mystery trees) and also a funny album with instrumental summer and beach music (Island dreams) - I really like Cross Rhythms and I'm happy to read here about my all time favourite band.

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