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141. Mr. Buechner’s Dream – Daniel Amos


Daniel Amos

Most artists in Christian music can’t write enough great songs to fill a single album, let alone a double album. With Daniel Amos’ “Mr. Buechner’s Dream” you get the sense the band could have recorded and triple album and not exhausted the brilliant creativity those recording sessions created.

Born after a hiatus of quite some time and the first after the loss of good friend Gene Eugene Andrusco, the band appeared inspired and ended up creating one of the most beautiful albums of their long and storied history. The album is really quite stirring and pretty. The album was named after famed author Frederick Buechner, one of the many great writers that have impacted and influenced terry Scott Taylor over the years. Chesterton, O’Conner, Lewis, Blake and a host of others are appealed to on this project.

The album is in many ways a departure for the band that had groomed itself as biting, hammering and edgy musicians and lyricists. Here the best word is beautiful. There is a melancholy lightness and sweet simplicity feel about the album that is a far cry from “Fearful Symmetry” and closer to Taylor’s solo projects. All this despite some heavy topics, the most notable the shiver inducing “Flash In Your Eyes,” a tribute to Gene Eugene.

Reviewing this double disc is difficult as one feels inadequate in finding the proper words to communicate the beauty and power of these simple and stunning songs.

  1. Reinald Hofman
    February 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

    140 Albums better than pure brilliance ?
    That can’t be true !

  2. Shawn McLaughlin
    February 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    …and yet, There is still a lot of raw, ragged, rock oriented material on here, too. “Thick Skin”, “Who’s Who Here”, “The Lucky Ones”, “Staggering Gods”, “Small Great Things” all had a melodic richness married to raw fervor that really affected me. When you count tracks, you definitely see that the softer, more “beautiful stuff outnumbers, the harder stuff, but I was impacted far more by the rock elements of this disc. And, as Dave correctly posits, the soft stuff is top shelf.

  3. Brett C
    February 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I love this album. I can’t believe that I have been enjoying it for 10 years already (in a few months anyway:-)). It still sounds as fresh as the day it was released.

  4. Don
    April 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Darn – I have this but haven’t listened all the way through yet. And I consider myself a Taylor, DA, Amos fan. Stupid me.

  5. Dennis
    December 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    This album is powerful, beautiful but also rocks in all the right spots.
    It is a masterwork of an album.
    I have to put in my two cents on Fearful Symmetry.
    That is a beautiful record with Rob Watson’s amazing orchestrated keyboard arrangements, is nothing less than breathtaking.

  6. Greenchili
    January 3, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Are there some CD releases of some DA albums that are poorly mixed? I’d like to know, and if so how to identify/distinguish between them and the good ones that were done properly. Will make things easier for me in the future when I start -a- CD hunting after I’m done working thru this top 500 list.

    Nice thing these days is just in the brief research I’ve been doing. Alot of groups have been making their works availalble in some shape or form these days.


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