Friday, February 3, 2012

Night Beat Rewind: January 2012

This has got to be some kind of record. Here it is only the first week of February and the January tunes are done. Plus I have just finished the First Quarter Platinum Vinyl Awards announcements. Now that that is done, it is time for the January 2012 edition of Night Beat Rewind.

For the newcomer, let me explain. Having only limited resources at present for obtaining full album streams of new releases, the great majority of the new releases are quick-hits from Amazon samples. At the end of each month I compile all the releases, both those I have been able to fully review and those I have not, and put them into a "Rewind" column where I give a rating to each. Without further ado, the January Rewind.

Off Target

  • Andrew Greer - Angel Band: The Hymn Sessions 2.25 Emeralds
  • Theory Hazit - Thr3e 3.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Anchors of Faith, 100 Hymns 3.5 Emeralds
My opinion on these releases? For the most part they are OK. For the most part. Note the first one on the list. My advice - Avoid it. I take no responsibility if you buy it and then say "my ears, my ears". You have been warned.

Purest Platinum

  • Blessed By A Broken Heart - Feel The Power 5 Emeralds
  • David Crowder Band - Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C) [The Happiest of All Keys] 5 Emeralds
The Polar Opposite. These are the Perfect albums, at least as defined by The Night Beat. Anytime we can get over one in a month is a very good month. Most of the releases, however, fall short of perfection.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • All Sons and Daughters - Reason To Sing EP 4.5 Emeralds
  • Anthem Lights - The Acoustic Sessions 4.5 Emeralds
  • Jon Bauer - Forevermore 4.5 Emeralds
  • Bethel Music - The Loft Sessions 4 Emeralds
  • Myron Butler - Worship 4.5 Emeralds
  • Rachel Chan - Go 4 Emeralds
  • Kirk Franklin - The Essential Kirk Franklin 4.75 Emeralds
  • Scotty G - Real Life 4.5 Emeralds
  • Group 1 Crew - Outta Space Love: Bigger Love Edition 4.75 Emeralds
  • Fred Hammond - God, Love and Romance 4.75 Emeralds
  • High Society Collective - Circa MMXI: The Collective 4.25 Emeralds
  • Kari Jobe - Where I Found You  4.5 Emeralds
  • Calvin Jones & Teresa Scanlon - Dueling Pianos: White Water Chopped Sticks - City of Peace 4.75 Emeralds
  • Lindsay McCaul - If it Leads Me Back 4.5 Emeralds
  • One Sonic Society - Forever Reign 4.5 Emeralds
  • Parachute Band - Matins: Vespers 4.5 Emeralds
  • Pioneer - Pioneer 4.5 Emeralds
  • Rapzilla - King Kulture 4.5 Emeralds
  • Rend Collective Experiment - Homemade Worship by Handmade People 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sanctuary - Reveal 4.75 Emeralds
  • Michael W. Smith - Decades of Worship 4.5 Emeralds
  • Starfield - The Kingdom 4.75 Emeralds
  • Tidewater - This Beautiful Life EP 4.25 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Seasons of Hope 4.5 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Seasons of Joy 4.5 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Seasons of Reflection 4.5 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - WoW Gospel 2012 4.5 Emeralds
  • Worship Central - Spirit Break Out 4.5 Emeralds
  • Yancy - Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday 4.75 Emeralds
That ends the first edition of Rewind for 2012. Check out the new releases, and enjoy. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.