The Phantom Tollbooth

Music and more from a Christian perspective

Slow down, and have your change ready

Since 1996

If any musical realm should be open to physically handicapped performers, it's contemporary Christian music.

Guitarist Jean Sandoval dips into the sound of all and creates a half-dozen songs that break the Sandoval mold…

CeCe Winans’ teams up again with her son, Alvin Love III, to produce a Christmas album in classic form – stately, lush, filled with Christmas songs old and new, and of course that soulful voice...

Russ Taff is back. The soulful voice returns with a solo album that encapsulates the highlights of his solo career without getting nostalgic….

With its thin card sleeve, this may appear to be a humble budget update to the Dave Bainbridge canon, but don’t underestimate the enjoyment it contains.

This generous stack of songs is well-sung, with plenty of variety. Yet there’s a “but...”

Classically-trained guitarist Richard Durrant calls this, “The most personal album I have ever made. It is both high art and low art, Christian and pagan, summer and winter.”

As well as Leo Kottke-like guitar playing, a string quartet and buckets full of talent, Dawson always remembers to include some fine tunes.

While these themed cover songs come from such a wide range that not all will be favourites, Poulton’s re-working is fresh, full of verve – and occasionally miraculous.  

Player A gives us something old, something new, something borrowed, and – yes, even something blue …but always with a smooth touch of jazz

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