Thursday, October 4, 2012

Night Beat Rewind: September 2012

The 2012 Platinum Vinyl Awards are now closed for entries. No more will be accepted. Good thing too, this has been a very good year for entries. To my continued legion of growing readers and fans, Night Beat Rewind consists of "Quick Hit" reviews of the releases of the Month previous. Since it's October, that means it is time for the September releases to be rewound. And since the PVA Eligibility is October 1-September 30, this is the last one.

I usually divide things in three, but this week and for the next few months I will be having things divided into four. First up is Seasonal Releases. Believe it or not, Christmas releases have already begun. TOO SOON.

Christmas Music (Not PVA Eligible)

Next up are the regular releases that could be eligible for Platinum Vinyl Award consideration. As always we begin with those releases that didn't meet the bar for consideration, those that

Missed The Mark

  • Jadon Lavik - Roots Run Deep(er) 3.75 Emeralds
  • Nonparell - Heaven Come Down 3.75 Emeralds
  • Jeremi & Amy Richardson -  Never Let Go 3.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Holy Hip Hop, Volume 14 3.75 Emeralds
  • Brian Weaver - Let Love In 3.75 Emeralds
  • The Wedding - No Direction 3.75 Emeralds
As you can see, these releases just barely missed the mark, and that is how it usually is. Very rarely does an artist stink up with a release. Sometimes, however, they hit and blow away the bulls-eye. These are the albums that are.

Pure Platinum

Abel was a pleasant surprise. I had never heard of them before and Make It Right made a great first impression. On the other hand, Sister Duo Poema already have a Platinum Vinyl Award in hand from their EP debut, so there was some expectations here. Needless to say, they smashed through those expectations. Great job, girls, and good luck.

Most releases are neither horrible nor spectacular. Most aren't Platinum but merely

Semi-Precious Metal

  • All Sons and Daughters - The Longing : EP No. 3 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jared Anderson - The Narrow Road 4.50 Emeralds
  • Annie Moses Band - Pilgrims & Prodigals 4.75 Emeralds
  • As I Lay Dying - Awakened 4.75 Emeralds
  • Becoming the Archetype - I Am 4.75 Emeralds
  • Marlene Brehm - Reach The Sky 4.50 Emeralds
  • Capital Kings - I feel so alive 4.25 Emeralds
  • Luke Dowler - Polarized 4.50 Emeralds
  • Esterlyn - Woven 4.25 Emeralds
  • Group 1 Crew - Fearless 4.75 Emeralds
  • Heather Headley - Only One In The World 4.50 Emeralds
  • The Insyderz - The Sinners Songbook 4.75 Emeralds
  • Lecrae - Gravity 4.75 Emeralds
  • Paper Route - The Peace of Wild Things 4.75 Emeralds
  • Propaganda - Excellent 4.50 Emeralds
  • Remedy Drive - Resuscitate 4.50 Emeralds
  • Beckah Shae - Rest 4.75 Emeralds
  • Derek Webb - Ctrl 4.50 Emeralds
  • Steven Welch - Color of Love 4.50 Emeralds
  • Matthew West - Into the Night 4.50 Emeralds
  • White Collar Sideshow - The WitcHunt 4.75 Emeralds
That concludes the Rewind for September and the 2012 PVA rewinds as well. The 2013 Eligibility year begins. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.