Phil Keaggy

Play Thru Me

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Musically, this is another step forward: great guitar work, great songs, an extended guitar jam on "Happy," and impossible decorative riffs on "Cherish the Moment." Still, there are a few difficult moments lyrically: "Make a Change" is didactic to the point of banality; this would have been a great instrumental. "Nobody's Playgirl Now" has a lingerie commercial quality about it that, though perhaps appropriate for the lyrics, leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. Otherwise, it's a very strong release, with a nice rhythmic lyrical playfulness on "Train to Glory." The highlight of the record is the title track with its tricky rhythms -- a nice shuffle feel -- and Keaggy really belting it out vocally. All in all, this record is less dated in sound than his previous efforts and less preachy (with the exception of "Make a Change"). The lyrics are still very Christian, but with more personal expressions than otherwise.

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