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170. Knowledge and Innocence – Terry Scott Taylor

KNOWLEDGE AND INNOCENCE (1986)

Terry Scott Taylor

One would never expect an album about death to be so beautiful and uplifting. Born out of the ashed of the death of his grandfather and miscarriage of his first child, Knowledge and Innocence is the prettiest and sweetest album in Terry Scott Taylor’s lengthy and fabled career.

Delayed for what seems like an eternity, when the album finally came out in 1986, the album did what was probably expected; TST’s rabid fan base ate it up and the majority of CCM and Christian radio never noticed it’s passing. Oddly enough, it remains possibly the most commercial and accessible album in Taylor’s repertoire. Lush, beautiful, stunning, haunting and completely unforgettable.

The only negative is the computerized and electronic instrumentation, especially the drums. This though possibly adds to the other-worldly feel of the project. That’s a plus since the album focuses so much on “the other world.” Dancing on Light and Song of Innocence should have been radio favorites. The latter features a duet with long time friend randy Stonehill. Oddly enough, considering the long term friendship and partnership between these two men over the years, this was the first time they sang a duet together.

Taylor’s love for his grandfather is prevalent here and on other recording. But here we see a glimpse of the softer, loving father side of Taylor as he addresses the loss of a child before birth. Songs like Light Princess delve into the heart of an artist unlike others. There is a wonderful tension between loss and the future reunion awaiting those who are left that creates a beautiful and faithful listening experience.

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  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Of course, I love this record. I have a slight issue regarding the remark about dated sounding electronics and drum machines. I am not a fan of either but felt like their inclusion totally fit the vibe of the record and keeps it relevant sounding today.Whereas, the synths & machines on records like Medals and Beat the System simply sound dated to me.

    • low5point
      February 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      On the softer songs the orchestrated keyboards and electronic drums work quite well, but on song like “Here He Comes, Second Time” and “Ever After” it is just doesn’t work for me

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 16, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I agree with you about “Ever After” but “Here He Comes, Second Time” kicks butt for me.

  3. Brett C
    February 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I love this album and know it really well and have listened to it many many times, but I had to go and have another listen to see what you guys are on about. The songs on this album are so dam good that I have never really noticed whether or not the instrumentation sounds dated. For me I like it and it doesn’t sound too dated at all. There are plenty of other albums mentioned in this list that have dated far worse than this classic. (Some of them I still really love as well 🙂 ). My 2 cents worth!

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