Christian Review Magazine Issue 2 - Jan/Feb 2015 - Page 42

MUSIC REVIEW Steve Talks: Click here to read our interview with Steve Taylor Artist: STEVE TAYLOR & THE PERFECT FOIL Album: GOLIATH Rating: Genre: Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-punk, Modern Rock N’ Roll For Fans Of: Neon Horse, Late 1970’s/Early 1980’s Rock Label: Splint Entertainment Reviewed by: Leah St John Release Date: Available Now 42 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil is a band made up of accomplished and very talented veteran musicians - Peter Furler (Newsboys), Jimmy Abegg (Charlie Peacock, Rich Mullins, A Ragamuffin Band), John Mark Painter (Fleming & John), and obviously Steve Taylor. Goliath is their debut release. With the exception of a compilation appearance, and a couple of soundtrack singles, including “A Life Preserved”, which was included on the Blue Like Jazz soundtrack (which Steve Taylor also directed, produced, and co-wrote the screenplay for), Goliath is the first album Steve Taylor has fronted in almost 20 years... and it doesn’t disappoint. I’ll be the first to admit that Goliath has an utterly addictive sound. Up front electric guitars and bass, and pounding drums are the mainstay instruments throughout, and Steve Taylor’s rock n’ roll vocals round out the mix. With it’s late 1970’s early 1980’s rock sensibilities and well written satirical lyrics, Goliath holds a unique place in the current music scene. Neon Horse (which at the time of this review, are no longer around [2007-2009]) is one of the only modern comparisons that I could think of that’s on a par with Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil. While I understand that it won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, Goliath is an all around great rock album, and each track holds it’s own. Some of my personal favorites are the bass driven title track “Goliath”, “Rubberneck”, and “The Sympathy Vote”. Goliath is a unique and memorable release from Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil and I can’t help but keep going back to it!