Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Night Beat Rewind: April 2013

Welcome to the April edition of Night Beat Rewind. Before we get to the entries I want to mention that there were three special edition releases by DC Talk released this month. Re-mastered editions of Free at Last (1992), Jesus Freak (1995), and Supernatural (1998). They're not new, so I won't be giving a score. Just get them. 

There were two perfect albums. Not surprisingly they are both in dance.

Missing The Mark

There were three Perfect Albums this month. Two of them were in the dance and electronic genres, which is not surprising. If it makes you move, it is gold, at least.

Pure Platinum

All three of these albums are must have. I basically had them on repeat for a whole week when trying to review them. As I said, nothing missed the mark, so we are left with that mass of musical talent known each month as 

Semi-Precious Metal

You know, not perfect, but still in the Award pool. Very Good releases actually. On a scale of 1-10 perfect is 10, these are 7-9.
That completes this edition of Night Beat Rewind. Glad I could get it out before June. Hopefully it wont take that long for me to get May out. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

#PlatVnyl3 - Album of The Year

The Album of The Year is given to the album which shone above all others. While all the winners of the Platinum Vinyl Awards contain a certain "wow factor", the Album of the Year, well, does the Big O mean anything to you? Every one of the 10 nominated albums was given a Perfect 5 Emerald Ranking.

There was no "first entry bias" as the nominees came from all 4 Quarters in a 3-2-2-3 fashion. Hard Rock had 3 nominees, Rock and Alternative each contributed 2, and Gospel, Pop and Adult Contemporary each contributed a single nominee. Also only three of the entries won their genre. These 10 would be battling to join last years inaugural winner, Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars. That's some big shoes to fill.

The first round of voting knocked out four of the contenders, and two genres. Gone was the sister act Poema and Gospel's McDowell. Hard Rock was reduced to one as both Demon Hunter and the boss's favorite, 80's Hare Metal Band Blessed by a Broken Heart. Did I ever tell you how much I love the 80's?

Destiny would not be with Demon Hunter, but it did wash over the category like a flood. A comeback album, the first release in five years. Songs that touch our darkest moments, vocals which chill spine and soul. The true Revenge of The Fallen. The Winner of This Years Platinum Vinyl Award for Album of The Year is EVANESCENCE.