Doug Walker

Stones in the River

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Stones in the River winds a course through contemporary Christian music with a characteristic touch of Nashville. It spills into that immense ocean of faith-centered music with rushing momentum. Walker's voice may be compared to the mild twang of the Eagles' Don Henley; he's just as far from a full-blown country sound as he is from mainstream pop music. Listeners will hear messages that center on Christ set to an inviting pace. It is a refreshing change from the piano ballads that flood the LDS (and CCM) market; Walker puts his guitar to work and employs a full sound. The title song, "Stones in the River," was featured on the E.F.Y. compilation A Season for Courage in 1999 and is a solid tune that may reawaken listeners to appreciate all the things they do have (instead of blubbering about their wish lists.) Up-tempo numbers include "Love Is a Journey," "Days Gone By," "Closer," and "The Day of Our Peace," each of which has a penetrating Christian message. "Days Gone By" is the best example of Walker's songwriting abilities; its beat is fresh and the message is unambiguous. The whole album lives up to lofty expectations associated with anything that Tyler Castleton produces.

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