The Gold Standard at The Night Beat (Or perhaps it is the Platinum Standard) is the Perfect 5 Emerald Rating. Getting those guarantees the entrant into the final round of the Platinum Vinyl Award Voting. It will be among the entrants which will get an award.
For those new to the WENC Night Beat, the eligibility year is October 1 - September 30. This year there were fifteen Pure Platinum releases. During that time fifteen albums that passed my ears got me to say "wow". Now, since I try to evaluate each genre independently, I have a different bar for each. These fifteen never knew there was a bar, they were so far above it.
One other thing to bring my new readers up to speed before I get to the list. While The WENC Night Beat is committed to bringing you the best in Christian Music, the definition of Christian here is quite loose. If they ever were embraced by the Christian Community, unless they renounced everything and walked away, no one is a KOOK here (that's my acronym for Kicked Out Of (the) Kingdom). Right now the only one who is "Not Christian" who once was is Katy Perry. Now on to the list.
Pure Platinum Perfection
- Chevelle - Hats Off To The Bull
- Evanescence - Evanescence
- William McDowell - Arise
- Thousand Foot Krutch - Welcome To The Masquerade (Fan Edition)
- Wolves at the Gate - We are the Ones
Chevelle has probably slipped off the Christian Radar and Amy Lee and Company (Evanescence) are one of those K.O.O.K. bands. However, I have it on good authority that Evanescence is solid for performing for the first billion years in heaven (on the other hand SG music is slated for the last 22 seconds of eternity).
- Abel - Make it Right
- Blessed by a Broken Heart - Feel the Power
- David Crowder Band - Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C) [The Happiest of all Keys]
- Demon Hunter - True Defiance
- Israel & New Breed - Decade
- Lara Landon - Overcome
- Sarah Macintosh - Current
- Petra - Best of the 80's
- Poema - Remembering You
- Project 86 - Wait for the Siren
There you have it, the perfect albums for the 3rd Platinum Vinyl Awards eligibility year. The albums were scattered around the CCM world, with 5 from Rock, 4 from Metal, 2 from Gospel, 2 from Alternative, and one each from Pop and Adult Contemporary. I want to get this out, so I'll update this with my Amazon affiliate link later. Let me know what you think. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.