Monday, February 18, 2013

Night Beat Rewind: January 2013

The time for the first edition of Night Beat Rewind for 2013 is at hand. January was a very active month this year, and that is not always the case. Usually things ramp up slowly. There were forty-five releases this past month, and not  surprisingly, almost all of them went into the initial pool. I'm usually pretty generous this time of the year, and it makes for a lot of work at the end.

As always, we begin with those albums which

Missed The Mark


There were eleven this time around, and remember, these aren't bad releases, just not outstanding. Don't worry, I'll let you know if they stink.
  • Awaken Us - The Forgotten 3.75 Emeralds
  • Ergo Rex - Breathe In The Roar 3.50 Emeralds
  • For A Season - Lion Hearted 3.75 Emeralds
  • The Hymns Collective - Season One 3.75 Emeralds
  • Junkyard Poets - Mrs. Sophomore  3.50 Emeralds
  • Marlo Moore - Simply Marlo Moore 3.75 Emeralds
  • OBB - OBB 3.50 Emeralds
  • Seven Years - Time to Change 3.50 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Sharkey: 2013 3.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - Wow Gospel 2013 3.75 Emeralds
  • Karyn Williams - Only You 3.75 Emeralds
One note. Karyn Williams is just a wider release. It was released back in August 2012, which would have put it in this years running. I Still haven't changed my mind.

Pure Platinum

There were only two releases which were deemed perfect among the month's entries, which is pretty amazing. What's even more amazing is that one of them was a worship album. That just hasn't happened around here. The key to this one is the fact that the album came off as a "Worship Experience", not just as a bunch of worship songs.
  • Terra, Terra, Terra - The Space We Create 5 Emeralds
  • Kim Walker - Smith - Still Believe 5 Emeralds
Most of the releases, as is always the case, were neither good nor bad, but somewhere in the middle. I like to call these releases

Semi-Precious Metal

As always, there are a lot of these, twenty-one of them this time around.
  • Flynn Adam - Do or Die 4.75 Emeralds
  • Alert 312 - Vice and Virtue 4.50 Emeralds
  • Meredith Andrews - Worth It All 4.75 Emeralds
  • Bridgecity - Bridgecity 4.50 Emeralds
  • Bridge Music - New Has Come 4.50 Emeralds
  • Capital Kings - Capital Kings 4.50 Emeralds
  • Carman - Anthems of A Champion 4.25 Emeralds
  • Kurt Carr - Bless This House 4.75 Emeralds 
  • Casting Crowns - Acoustic Sessions, Volume 1 4.25 Emeralds
  • Jason Castro - Only A Mountain 4.50 Emeralds
  • Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers - Show Me The Way EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Dynasty - Beyond Measure 4.75 Emeralds
  • Colton Dixon - A Messenger 4.50 Emeralds
  • The Ember Days - More Than You Think 4.75 Emeralds
  • Fiction Family - Fiction Family Reunion 4.75 Emeralds
  • Charlie Hall - The Death of Death 4.75 Emeralds
  • Hearts of Saints - For All of Us 4.75 Emeralds
  • Love and Death - Between Here and Lost 4.75 Emeralds
  • Britt Nicole - Gold EP 4.25 Emeralds
  • Overcome - No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets 4.25 Emeralds
  • Matthew Parker - Meet Your Maker 4.75 Emeralds
  • Planetshakers - Limitless 4.75 Emeralds
  • Rend Collective Experiment - Campfire: Worship and Community Re-imagined 4.75 Emeralds
  • We Came As Romans - Understanding What We've Grown To Be Deluxe 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sho Baraka - Talented 10th 4.50 Emeralds
  • Starflyer 59 - IAMACEO 4.50 Emeralds
  • Chris Tomlin - Burning Lights 4.50 Emeralds
  • DA T.R.U.T.H. - Love, Hope, War 4.75 Emeralds
  • Twenty One Pilots - Vessel 4.50 Emeralds
  • Various - From The Inside Out 4.50 Emeralds
  • Various - Worship For Your Family (Yellow) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Vota - Love Found Me 4.50 Emeralds
  • Wavorly - Something Like Fiction (The Lost Albums) 4.50 Emeralds
 That concludes the January 2013 edition of Night Beat Rewind. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.