STEVE TAYLOR - SQUINT (*Used-CD, 1993, Warner Alliance)
Well cared for!
The Lament Of Desmond R.G. Underwood-Frederick IV 4:02
Jesus Is For Losers 4:19
The Finish Line 5:25
The Moshing Floor 4:01
Easy Listening 3:42
Sock Heaven 4:46
Cash Cow (A Rock Opera In Three Small Acts) 5:38
I used to own this album. I loaned it out and never got it back. Finally I couldn't stand it anymore. I had to go out and buy another copy. Not many albums are worth buying twice, but Squint is worth it.
This album carries Steve Taylor's trademark mix of satire, humor, and serious messages. Sock Heaven is about socks vanishing in the dryer, yet it carries a serious metaphor. Cash Cow is an almost cinematic thriller centered on the golden calf of the Israelites still haunting people today.
Steve takes a break from humor to prove that he can write powerfully moving lyrics in Jesus Is For Losers and The Finish Line. And these are just a few of the highlights.
Steve has typically gone with a light pop-rock sound. His time with the rock group Chagall Guevara seems to have changed him. Squint carries a much more edgy sound than his other albums with more of an alternative rock sound. His vocals remain pretty much the same, but the guitars are a lot thicker now.
Steve carries a note of fun due to his humor and energy level, but his lyrics are so deep they might be over the heads of some. If you want music with substance, spiritual importance, catchy melodies, and a sense of fun look no further than Squint.