We will stick with the two list method this time around because, well, it seems to work for me. First up are the releases that failed to make the grade. Basically that is anything under 4 Emeralds, so don't despair. We've got to draw the line somewhere or else we don't have an awards ceremony, we have pee-wee soccer. (You know, everybody wins, everybody is special, that kind of stuff.)
Non PVA Eligible Releases, June 2011
- Coming Alive, Casey Darnell, 3.75 Emeralds
- Platinum Praise 2012, Maranatha Praise Band, 3.5 Emeralds
- K is for Karaoke, Relient K, 3.75 Emeralds
The toughest call was Relient K. Maybe it was just the word Karaoke that set me off. Maybe it's just that five guys should never be caught dead singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun". Now this is no slam on Cindi Lauper. Personally, in the battle of 1980's Pop Queens, I take her over Madonna any day. (Probably puts me in the minority, but I'm used to that. Never thought Madonna could sing).
Enough of the 80's Music Commentary. Time to get down to business.
PVA Eligible Releases, June 2011
- Leveler, August Burns Red, 4.25 Emeralds
- With Shivering Hearts We Wait, Blindside, 4.25 Emeralds
- The Road, Tricia Brock, 4 Emeralds
- Dream with Me, Jackie Evancho, 5 Emeralds
- Your Sparkling Death Cometh, Falling Up, 4.5 Emeralds
- Perfect Love, Ronnie Freeman, 4 Emeralds
- On Fire, Peter Furler, 4.25 Emeralds
- Freedom Calling, Jake Hamilton, 4 Emeralds
- Easyforyoutosay, Hello Kelly, 4 Emeralds
- Dwell, Aaron Keyes, 4.5 Emeralds
- Plain and Simple, Crystal Lewis, 4.5 Emeralds
- Live in Concert, Manafest, 4.25 Emeralds
- All Things Bright and Beautiful, Owl City, 4.5 Emeralds
- Nothing Is Impossible, Planetshakers, 4 Emeralds
- Black & White, Royal Tailor, 4.25 Emeralds
- Never Odd or Even, Shonlock, 4.5 Emeralds
- Live at the Masquerade, Thousand Foot Krutch, 4.5 Emeralds
- The Journey, Stuart Townend, 4.25 Emeralds
Shonlock. I had heard the name but never listened to the music. I must say I am impressed. This is some smooth R&B, mixed with some awesome hip-hop, and even a little Krunk thrown in for the Family Force Five Fans out there. A must buy. (And please, buy it here through the link to Amazon. The night beat thanks you.)
Any fan of the Newsboys will not be disappointed with On Fire. In fact, Peter Furler's solo may make you more bummed out that he left the band. To each his own. I kind of like the DC Talk sound now that Michael Tait took over.
There. I did it. I'm caught up, except for a few releases in July. As always, I am Awaiting Your Reply.