Saturday, April 5, 2014

Night Beat Rewind: March 2014

Taking A Break from the announcements of the nominees for the Video Award Category of the Platinum Vinyl Awards. We still have four categories to go, and they will be announced next Tuesday through Friday. I intend to have a regularly scheduled Music Video Monday on Monday. No Fooling.

Right now, it's time for some spring cleaning. The March edition of Rewind is upon us. March has been a very good month for releases. We begin, as always, with those releases, which PVA speaking:

Missed The Mark

  • Big Daddy Weave - Love Come to Life: The Redeemed Edition 3.75 Emeralds
  • Bread of Stone - The Real Life (Deluxe Edition) 3.75 Emeralds
  • Hillsong United - The White Album (Remix Project) 3.75 Emeralds
  • Samuel Lane - 252 Sessions, iTunes Deluxe Edition 3.50 Emeralds
  • Robin Mark - Liberation Praise 3.75 Emeralds
  • Scribbling Idiots - Invitation Only 3.75 Emeralds
  • Michael W. Smith - Hymns 3.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - All The Saints: Live from the Centric Worship Retreat, Volume 1 3.75 Emeralds
Most of these just missed the mark. I was a bit more turned off by Samuel Lane, but I was most disappointed by Hillsong United. I gave it a pass for award consideration because it failed as a remix. Actually, I was most disappointed by Smitty. What happened to the big orchestration. This was simplicity pushed to the point of blah.

There is no blah in the next grouping.

Pure Platinum

  • Christon Gray - School of Roses 5 Emeralds
  • Kari Jobe - Majestic (Live) 5 Emeralds
  • Planetshakers - Endless Praise 5 Emeralds
  • Rend Collective Experiment - The Art of Celebration 5 Emeralds
I think it is a first to have three Modern Worship releases among the perfect albums. Kari Jobe put together a stellar release around the awesome Forever. Planetshakers Kissed Toward the Throne of God, and Rend. They blend worship, folk, rock, an almost infinite variety of instruments. They continue to amaze.

Finally, we go to the middle group, the

Semi-Precious Metal

  • Audrey Assad - O Happy Fault 4.75 Emeralds
  • Michael Boggs - More Like A Lion 4.50 Emeralds
  • Erica Campbell - Help 4.75 Emeralds
  • Capital Kings - Remixed EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Demon Hunter - Extremist 4.75 Emeralds
  • Peter Furler Band - Sun and Shield 4.75 Emeralds
  • Future of Forestry - Piano and Strings Sessions 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jason Gray - Love Will Have The Final Word 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jars of Clay - Inlandia: The Remix Collection EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jesus Culture - Jesus Culture Reconstructed, Volume 1 4 Emeralds
  • KB - 100 EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Kings Kaleidoscope - Live In Color 4.75 Emeralds 
  • Lights of Day - Lights of Day 4.50 Emeralds
  • John Mark McMillan - Borderland 4.50 Emeralds
  • Memphis May Fire - Unconditional 4.75 Emeralds
  • The Overseer - Rest and Let Go 4.50 Emeralds
  • The Royal Royal - The Return of The King 4.75 Emeralds
  • Satellites and Sirens - One Noise 4.75 Emeralds
  • Shonlock - A Night to Remember 4.75 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - God's Not Dead: The Motion Picture Soundtrack 4.25 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - WoW Worship (Lime) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - WoW Worship Deluxe (Lime) 4.50 Emeralds
I'm not holding out much hope for Jesus Culture's chances here, but they were slightly better than Hillsong United in the remix department. Kings Kaleidoscope was the big winner on this list. It might have been a 4.50 Emeralds releases, but Felix Culpa is a 20+ Emeralds song. Still I had to take off that the rest of the album wasn't as jumping, so 4.75 it is.

I am going to forgo links for now, and update it when I have time. I will return with a regular Music Video Monday and finish the announcing of the Video Nominees for this years Platinum Vinyl Awards. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.