Arsenio Orteza

Arsenio reviews music for WORLD Magazine. Follow Arsenio on Twitter @ArsenioOrteza.

Music: Better than pablum

Music | From Anti-Garth to O'Connoresque rock 'n' roll
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/20/98, 12:00 am

Except for the Windham Hill pianist, each of this month's acts openly acknowledges Christ, suggesting that contracts with major labels or their subsidiaries are not necessarily pacts with the devil. Still, the Windham Hill pianist is outselling the rest, suggesting that not even a wake-up call as bracing as Ricky Skaggs's emergence as the "Anti-Garth" can compete with lullabies among our sleepy populace.

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Music: Records of our time

Music | Some top-selling music proves we are what we listen to
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/06/98, 12:00 am

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Music: Earthen vessels

Music | Christian rockers show musical, if not cultural, maturity
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/10/98, 12:00 am

The debut album by Jars of Clay sold over a million copies, spent most of 1996 on the upper half of Billboard's album chart, and yielded a bona fide hit ("Flood"), making the young quartet not only the most commercially successful Christian rock band ever but also one of the most scrutinized.

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