Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#PlatVnyl6 Update: February 2016

I think it prudent to keep you briefed as to the progress of #PlatVnyl6. Things are progressing slower than I would have liked do to the abundance of new releases coming into the pipeline. Still, the album awards are finished and I am working on the song nominees as we speak. That is in my favor.

Not so favorable is the fact that I have yet to begin sorting out the Music Video section or the General Field Awards. So all in all that comes out to being about only one half done. 

What does that mean to all of you clamoring to find out the nominees (as well as the eventual winners of #PlatVnyl6? I don't really know. I am hoping that I can get all the nominations finished and have the announcement in March. As to the awards, I always shoot for April 22 as a target day, which happens to be my birthday. (No, none of that Earth Day Crap. They need to pick another day for that.)

We shall see how it all shakes out. I will keep you posted to the final dates as they come into clearer focus. Until then, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Like A Flyleaf To Honey

When Life Hands You Lemons...Life Screams . Who cares about Lemonade?

We at Night Beat HQ are overjoyed when an artist makes a comeback. Usually. If the change is too abrupt in musical styles, sometimes you wish they stayed retired. No problem this time.

Musically speaking, I fell in love with Lacey Sturm (then Lacey Moseley) along with most guys, when she was lead singer of Flyleaf. That such a powerful voice could exist in such a small package was amazing in itself. And to see Flyleaf live was something entirely. (I never saw them Live, Live, but I did catch them via the Internet at one of the Rock The River concerts done by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association). When you get to hear her testimony and see how it compares with the woman before you who is so full of Love and Joy, you really know that Jesus is real. When Lacey left Flyleaf in 2012 a lot of us felt the band was over. While we were wrong and Kristen May has done an admirable job at lead (though she is no Lacey), it feels different.

Flyleaf fans rejoice, Lacey is back, and I mean BACK. I love everything about Life Screams , even the cover, with Lacey emerging from the Raven. (Is she saying "Nevermore" to a Flyleaf reunion?). Only thing is the Platinum look is going to take a while for me. I wish the brunettes would stay that way.

On to the music. Lacey has gone solo with a sound sure to please her old Flyleaf Sounds. No Addie Camp misfire here (Now A Benjamin Gate Reunion, that would be great). And to those who are disappointed with her ballad heavy lineup, all I can say is GET OVER IT. The girl has a voice for ballads, like my favorite Amy Lee. Both ladies can chill the spine and make you feel the hurt and pain of the lyrics. Who needs a psychologist when you've got these too. The Night Beat Prescribes the following, in order vanity, rot, you're not alone, feels like forever, and Life Screams .

There is one major surprise on the album, and it happens to be a live cover, that is so good you might want to call the Police. Not the cops but the 70's English Rock Band The Police with Sting. The Song is Roxanne, and I checked out both Lacey and Sting and I've got to go with Lacey. It comes out a Rescue Song which should be snapped up by Teen Challenge or another Christian Youth Ministry. It is simply oozing with Pain, and that is a compliment. I Let You Make the Comparison. First we go with The Police, and Sting's High Voice.
And now the Life Screams version with Lacey, complete with Thrash Growls, which Sting did not do at the time.

I think you know which one is better. I am giving Life Screams a Perfect 5 Emerald Rating only because that is as high as I go. You have got to get this album. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Night Beat Rewind: January 2016

January comes in Like a Lion.... No, that's March. Needless to say there has been no post Christmas sluggishness. January releases have come upon us with the force of a New England Blizzard. But that's not much of an excuse for my delay. Though I have been doing my best to keep #PlatVnyl6 from falling behind schedule too much. And since I no longer have to worry about links, reserving that for the quarterly wraps, or individual blog posts, I should have done this sooner. No time like the present, so let us get to it.

The Singles Scene

  • Coppe Cantrell - Dance In The Dark 4.50 Emeralds
  • Fearless BND - Shake The Skies 4.50 Emeralds
  • Livre - Jericho 4.75 Emeralds
  • Nicole C. Mullen - Hey Girl (feat David Cox) 4.25 Emeralds
  • Brittney Nichole - Sounds of Freedom 3.75 Emeralds
  • Red Letter Hymnal - Neon Lights 4.50 Emeralds
  • Red Letter Hymnal - Winter Air 4.50 Emeralds
A nice bunch of singles which should anticipate a bunch of nomination worthy albums in the future. We move on to the albums, and of course start with those which. And don't be fooled. "Brittney Nichole" is no "Britt Nicole.

Miss The Mark

  • Marcus Bishop and Forget The Sea - Marcus Bishop and Forget The Sea 3.50 Emeralds
That was the only Miss the mark for the month, so I guess things are getting better in the Christian Music Industry. We move on to the Perfect, or 

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Regina Belle - The Day Life Began 5 Emeralds
  • Fellowship Creative - Eclipse 5 Emeralds
Only two Pure Platinum albums to start off the year gives you hope that the candy store may be only part time this year. We go to the vast middle.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • Agonal - Death Deferred 4.75 Emeralds
  • Curt Anderson - Every Moment 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jor'dan Armstrong - Confident 4.50 Emeralds
  • D-Will - Project #MOG 4.50 Emeralds
  • Joy Enriquez - The Call 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jarmel Evans and Worship Forever - Eternal 4.50 Emeralds
  • Green River Ordinance - Fifteen 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jesus Culture - Let It Echo 4.75 Emeralds
  • Shelly E. Johnson - Measureless EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Canton Jones - I Am Justice 4.75 Emeralds 
  • Deon Kipping - A Place Called Victory EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Lecrae - Church Clothes 3 4.75 Emeralds
  • Life Church - Fully Devoted (Live) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Zach Loomis - Captivate 4.50 Emeralds
  • J Moss - GFG Reload 4.75 Emeralds
  • William McDowell - Sounds of Revival 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jonathan Ogden - By The Streams 4.25 Emeralds
  • Passion Worship Band - Salvation's Tide Is Rising 4.50 Emeralds
  • Prodigal Son - Way Up EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Noel Robinson - Outrageous Love 4.75 Emeralds
  • Aaron Shust Ever Be 4.25 Emeralds
  • Showbread - Showbread is Showdead 4.75 Emeralds
  • Michael W. Smith - Hymns II: Shine On Us 4.75 Emeralds
  • S.O.C.O.M. - The Experience 4.75 Emeralds
  • Urban Rescue - Wild Heart EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Various Artists - WoW Gospel 2016 4.75 Emeralds
  • Vineyard Campbellesville - All Things Rise 4.50 Emeralds
  • Vineyard Music - Anchor Studio Sessions 4.50 Emeralds
That does it for January. 2016 is underway. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.