Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Night Beat Rewind: March 2017

Things are backed up here at Night Beat HQ. Here it is almost the first of May and I have not even put out the March edition of Rewind. Well, the procrastination and delay ends right now. Some of the problem is unavoidable. My April notes disappeared, so I am forced to re-listen and re-rate for the first 3 weeks of April. Ouch. Anyway, let's get to it. We begin, as always, with the songs released during the month, or as we like to call it.

The Singles Scene

  • Built By Titan - You (feat Skybourne) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Hillsong Worship - What A Beautiful Name 4.50 Emeralds
  • Hillsong Young and Free - Where You Are (Re-imagined) 
  • Dara Maclean - Ashes 5 Emeralds
  • Mandisa - Unfinished 5 Emeralds
  • Kim Walker-Smith - Throne Room 5 Emeralds
  • Ryan Stevenson - The Gospel 5 Emeralds 
Despite it being marketed as an EP, I am including Hillsong's What a Beautiful Name as a Single. It is really 1 song remixed 6 different ways. That does it for the singles. We move to the albums, and we also begin with those albums which do not make the #PlatVnyl8 cut.

Missing The Mark

  • Dru Bex - The Good Album 3.75 Emeralds
  • J-Giles Son - Promise 2 3.50 Emeralds
  • Montel Dorsey and MUniversity - Love Over Hate 3.50 Emeralds
  • Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - Souvenir 3.75 Emeralds
  • Random Hero - The Covering 3.75 Emeralds
5 miss the mark makes me confident that things are still on the level at Night Beat HQ. Too many would make me wonder about the quality of the industry. Of course the next grouping makes me wonder if I am going soft.

Pure Platinum Perfection

  • Colton Dixon - Identity 5 Emeralds
  • Demon Hunter - Outlive 5 Emeralds
  • Edge Kirkland - Ekrmx 5 Emeralds
  • Mercy Me - Lifer 5 Emeralds
  • Kerrie Roberts - Boundless 5 Emeralds
5 Perfect albums in a month means 60 in a year if the trend continues. That could mean an award ceremony of only perfect albums.

Semi-Precious Metal

  • As We Ascend - Farewell To Midnight 4.75 Emeralds
  • Jason Bare - Fearless 4.75 Emeralds
  • Daniel Bashta - My Resurrection (Live) 4.50 Emeralds
  • Brooke and Boggs - Wildfire EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Dante Bowe - Son of a Father 4.75 Emeralds
  • Earnest A - Form Father to Son 4.50 Emeralds
  • Elevation Worship - There is a Cloud 4.75 Emeralds
  • Fireflight - Re-Imag-Innova EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Flatfoot 56 -Odd Boat 4.75 Emeralds 
  • Young Fox - Sky Beats Gold 4.75 Emeralds
  • GAWVI - We Belong 4.75 Emeralds
  • Informants - Uprising 4.75 Emeralds
  • K.I.D.S. - Side A EP 4.75 Emeralds
  • Sajan Nauriyal - Always Enough 4.75 Emeralds
  • Out of The Dust - Out of the Dust 4.75 Emeralds
  • Righteous Vendetta - Cursed 4.75 Emeralds
  • Root Road - Come Alive 4.50 Emeralds
  • Selah - Unbreakable 4.50 Emeralds
  • Aaron Shust - Love Made A Way (Live) 4.75 Emeralds
  • Rita Springer - Battles 4.75 Emeralds
  • Aaron Sprinkle - Real Life 4.75 Emeralds
  • Laura Story - Open Hands 4.75 Emeralds
  • Greg Sykes - Reverse EP 4.50 Emeralds
  • Mike Teruel - Fragments 4.50 Emeralds
  • Jaci Velasquez - Trust 4.75 Emeralds
  • Darlene Zschech - Here I Am Send Me 4.50 Emeralds
It took a week, but here we are. The MARCH edition of Rewind. If you haven't noticed the calendar, it is May. If you live in the Northeast United States you can be forgiven for your disbelief. It certainly doesn't feel like May, it feels a lot like March. On to April. Until next time, I am Awaiting Your Reply.