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Taste the Sky

  • reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2006 1 May
Taste the Sky
Sounds like … energetic modern rock with pop music sensibilities akin to Jimmy Eat World, Goo Goo Dolls, and Third Eye BlindAt a glance … although the formula isn't overly complex, Texas rockers Dalton serve up thoughtful, literate tunes that address the ups and downs of the Christian experienceTrack Listing City Lights Taste the Sky Life Ahead Overlight 600 ft. Hold On Streets Hold Me Now Take What You Want Breathing In

When Texas rockers Dalton grew up, they wanted to be just like Delirious. And although the band's debut, Taste the Sky, rocks a lot harder than anything the Brit worshippers have done, Dalton can now officially say, like Delirious, that they've made a rockin' worshipful album. Discovered at a Nashville talent search, Dalton grew up in church and led worship for its local youth group. After mastering the usual praise standards, brothers Preston and Spencer Dalton began writing their own material and were confident that music would eventually play a big part in their future. Turns out they were right.

Taste the Sky is a smartly executed snapshot of where Dalton (now a four-piece with the addition of Chris Santos on bass and Steven Kanicka on guitar/keyboards) is in its journey—both in faith and everyday life. While the lyrics are relatively straightforward and sometimes overly simplistic, the music is what drives the message home, whether it's the Jimmy Eat World-inspired opening track "City Lights," the catchy pop/rock in the vein of the Goo Goo Dolls and Third Eye Blind of "Life Afraid," or the harder guitar-driven strains of closer "Above You."

While it would be easy to pinpoint Dalton as just another knock-off, paint-by-numbers rock act with all these comparisons, the band takes ownership with songs like "600 ft," an introspective look at what happens when your friends continue to make poor choices, and "Hold Me Now," which addresses fear and uncertainty about the future. It's these relatable moments that ultimately stand out, and with a little more life experience, Dalton should continue to churn out clever songs that listeners of all ages can enjoy. For now, Taste the Sky is a promising start.

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