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Squint (1993)

Squint is the fifth release and fourth studio album by Christian musician Steve Taylor. It was released in late 1993 on Warner Alliance Records, Warner Bros. Christian/gospel label. Taylor wrote and produced the album himself.

Squint marked Taylor's brief return to Christian music and it is his first studio album in seven years and just ended his stint as lead vocalist of the alternative rock collective Chagall Guevara with their 1991 self-titled album. Album highlights include the lead single and music video "Bannerman," which is a tribute to American Football fans that hold up "John 3:16" banners behind the goalposts. "Cash Cow" (in what the song is subtitled "a rock opera in three small acts") is a jab at televangelist Robert Tilton. "Curses" is a strongly worded biblical proclamation of fathers who desert their families. "The Finish Line" picks up the storyline of the track "Hero" (from his 1984 album Meltdown), relating the often difficult and halting trek of a Christian as viewed from the perspective of eschatological glory.

Taylor's "Some Band" members that played on Squint include Wade Jaynes on bass guitar and Mike Mead on drums, both from Chagall Guevara, plus Dave Perkins on rhythm guitar on "Bannerman" among other musicians. The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart in early 1994.

Taylor released a second video album on VHS titled Squint: Movies from the Soundtrack in 1994, featuring six of the album's ten songs all directed by Taylor.

His music video for "Bannerman" was nominated for a Dove Award for Short Form Music Video of the Year in 1994. In 1995, Taylor was nominated for Producer of the Year, Short Form Music Video for "Cash Cow" and Long Form Music Video of the Year.

Track listing

All songs were written by Steve Taylor.

1. The Lament of Desmond R.G. Underwood-Frederick IV -4:03

2. Bannerman -3:15

3. Smug -4:24

4. Jesus Is For Losers -4:19

5. The Finish Line -5:29

6. The Moshing Floor -4:02

7. Easy Listening -3:43

8. Curses -3:56

9. Sock Heaven -4:50

10. Cash Cow (a rock opera in three small acts) -5:13

Radio singles

1993 "Bannerman" -#5 Christian CHR

Watch the visual album Squint playlist featuring six music videos and four audio tracks:

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