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What I think are the best albums of 2011

I have listed and discussed what I think are the best albums of 2009 and 2010. Now I will give you my third yearly list of best albums of the year.

At number 4 we have “The Road” the debut solo album by Tricia Brock lead singer of the Christian rock group Superchick. It is not as rocky as the releases put out by Superchick being as it is a Christian pop/worship album. The standard release has 11 tracks and the deluxe edition includes an additional two songs. The themes on the album include trusting in God and, finding sanctuary and strength in The Lord (Jesus). The stand out track is the rocky number Everything In Me. I give this album 3.5 out of 5.

At number 3 we have “16 & 1” by country group Doc Walker. This is their seventh and most rock flavoured album to date. I would say the tracks on this project are a bit less stylistically cohesive compared to those found on their past albums which for me is a bit of a draw back. The major themes of the album are love of where you are from, in the case of the men of Doc Walker that would be rural Manitoba, rocking out and being in love. The stand out tracks are the Eagles sounding love song Hard Act To Follow and the slow and most traditionally Doc Walker style love song Do It Right. This is not the album I would recommend if one was to be getting into the band for the first time. For a first intro to the group I would instead recommend their 2001 album Curve or their 2009 release Go. I give the album 3.8 out of 5.

At number 2 is “Lady & Gentlemen” by country singer LeAnn Rimes. It is the second album of hers to feature classic country country songs. The stand out tracks are Swinging, When I Call Your Name, The Bottle Let Me Down, and Give the only new track on the album. I give this album 4.5 out of 5

And at number one is “On the Evening Side” by country singer-songwriter Charlie Major. The songs on this album are don in Charlie’s signature heartfelt style and feature his usual themes of love, living and life. For those that have heard his other albums this album doesn’t offer any new takes but just more of the same wonderful honest songwriting and deliverance. And for as an intro to his music this album would make a fine chose. The stand out tracks are Though Gods Eyes, Keep an Eye Out for Me and Keep On Living. I give this album 4.8 out of 5.

In addition to these 2011 albums I discovered some wonderful ones this year from years past. Here is a list of some of them.

  • The 2010 album “Hanging On By a Thread” by Christian rock group The Letter Black.
  • The original 1995 UK release of the album “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” by country singer Deana Carter. It should be noted that this version of the album only shares three songs with the later 1996 North American release.
  • The 2010 album “Speak Now” by country pop singer Taylor Swift
  • The 2007 EP “Lanae’ Hale” by Christian pop singer Lanae’ Hale
  • The 2009 debut album “Big Sky” by country music duo One More Girl
  • The 2006 pop album “Whatever We Wanna” by country singer Leann Rimes

What I think are the best albums of 2009

Last year I posted a list of what I think are the best albums of 2010. Seeing as 2011 is drowning to a close I think it is now time for my list of what I think are the best albums of this year. Yes it is, but I will save that list for my next post and instead bring you here my list of what I think are the best albums of 2009. I original released this 2009 list only via my Facebook account as a states update back at the end of 2009. I had intended to post it here on this blog but I had not gotten around to it until now. So here is what I think are the best albums of 2009.

At number 3 we have the album “Rock What You Got” by Christian rock group Superchick. This album contains 12 tracks. 11 of them being songs and 1 of them, track number 2 is a supper short sound clip prelude to the sung Alive entitled Alive [Prelude]. Track number 11 is a remix version of the song Stand in the Rain originally from their album Beauty from Pain 1.1. The remix is entitled Stand in the Rain (Symphonic Mix). And track number 12 is a less then stellar instrumental entitled Dave Ghazarian: Guitar Hero. This album has their typical positive we can make it though hard times if we just go carry on and keep trusting in God message. But this time the band has stepped up the electronic sounds and rocky feel just a few notches. All in all the album is wonderful that is except for the track Dave Ghazarian: Guitar Hero. So I’ll give it a 3 and a half out of 5. I would have given it 4 and a half out of 5 but the band had to include the track Dave Ghazarian: Guitar Hero.

At number 2 we have “Love & War” by Christian rock group BarlowGirl. It has as it’s message the call to stand up for love, in particular the saving love of God. This album is not as straight up rock as their previews albums have been as many of the tracks on this release veer somewhat in the direction of pop. The standout tracks on this album is the song Sing Me A Love Song. This song is a rocky number about being loved by and close to God. I’ll give it 4 out of 5.

And in the number 1 spot we have “Brand New Eyes” by rock group Paramore. This is a wonderful album of easy to listen to rocky songs with subtle but powerful lyrics. The best track from the album is All I Wanted. Just have a look at thees thees lyrics from that song:
“I could follow you to the beginning
And just relive the start
And maybe then we’ll remember to slow down
To all of our favorite parts”.
This album definitely deserves 5 out of 5.

What I think are the best albums of 2010

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There have been many great albums realist this year. So I thought I would give you a list of the ones I thought were the best. I generally think what makes an album great is its relisten ability. Yes an album that you can only stand to hear ones or twice or even just a few times I feel is not that good of an album. Also I think the quality of the lyrics that the songs on the album have is something that will determine whether or not the album is bad to only just good or if it is truly really a wonderful album. Just having good lyrics is not enough to make an album truly great. I feel the music also plays a crucial role in this. If the lyrics are over shadowed by the music cosing them to be hard to hear then this will bring dawn the relisten ability the album may otherwise have had. So with out further ado I give you my list of the best albums of 2010.

At number 5 we have a vary resent release from the Christian alternative rock band Flyleaf. It’s an extended play (EP) called “Remember To Live”. It includes 7 traces. The highlight on this EP is a track called “Okay” it was written in 2005 . As you can guess this EP is mostly old stuff. But that in no way makes it a repackaging of previously realist stuff. In fact it is mostly songs Flyleaf has don in consort that their fans have been asking them to record and release for years. The highlight track “Okay” is one of these songs. Okay it calls us to unify our thoughts with God’s and by doing this we can be saved by him. I.e. have him give us the ability to grab the best out of life. Overall it is an album that capturers the wonderful spiritual messages and powerful rock sounds typical of all past Flyleaf albums. I would have put it higher but as it is a vary new reseal I am not sure yet if its relisten ability is as high as some of the others. I give it a 4 out of five.

At number 4 we have an acoustic EP from Christian pop-rock singer Britt Nicole entitled simply “Acoustic”. On this EP we get 5 acoustic recording of songs from her first two albums “Say it” and “the lost Get fond” plus a newly recorded track called “Found By You”. If you liked the songs before you will still like them now. Yes some times by striping dawn the tracks the lyrics can shine even more and this is the case with this EP. I give it a 4 out of 5.

At number 3 we have “Beautiful History – A Hit Collection” by Christian alternative-tinged pop-rock singer Plumb. As the tittle of the album suggests it is indeed a greatest hist album. This album features two CDs. The first CD is made up of her biggest hits and a few new songs. Some of the big hits on this CD get new 2010 treatments. The second CD contains some of the many dance and club remixes that have been don of some of her hits. All in all it is a good album for the big Plumb fan as well as a good introductory one for one just getting into the music of Plumb. I give it 4 out of 5.

At number 2 we have “Reinvention” the second remix album by Christian rock group Superchick. This album is kind of like a hits collection but, instead of just giving us the hits the band has gone back into the studio to mix the hits into more danceable but still quite rocky versions of the originals. They even throw in a few new tracks. Overall this album may not do much for the casual fan of Superchick but for their big fans as well as the new to their music it will really get them pumped not to mention wonting more from them quick. Also this album is full of their signature positive hang in there messages in audition it will give hours and hours of listing pleaser to you. I give it a 4 and a half out of 5.

And at number 1 we have what I feel is the best album of 2010 and it is “For Those Who What” By Christian rock band Ferflight. One of the thinks good about it is its over arching message that hard and difficult times are things God uses to help us be stronger and more passionate about him and life. The stand out track from this album is “Fire in My Eyes”. Just look at this excerpt from it.
“Used to live my life
Locked up inside a room with no door before
You found a window, You broke it
And now I won’t be contained anymore”
Simply brilliant inset it. Well this album is really just one of those albums you will wont to put on wen you are feeling bombed out or just simply wanted to keep yourself positive and pressing foreword. I give it a 5 out of 5.

So there you have it my list of what I think are the best albums of 2010. I know these albums may not be for you if you don’t like rock music and especially if you are an atheist. But for others I think they may just find in them inspiration and courage to keep living life knowing that by trusting God we can’t fail at least in the long run.

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What I think are the best rock albums of the 2000s

I said in a past post of mine that I was not much of a rock fan in the 90’s but rather more of a country music fan. Well starting about 2003 I started discovering all kinds of rock music that I like. That dose not mean I am any less of a country music fan. Well since I have moved to Montreal in September of 2009, a city without a country music radio station I find myself listing to a lot more rock. Not one the radio ’cause I find Montreal’s music radio landscape just atrocious but, rather over on the internet. So here is a list of the twelve best rock albums from the 2000s that I have listened to the most and continue to listen to the most. Number one is the one I have listened to and continue to listen to the most.

1. Krystal Meyers – Make Some Noise
2. Plumb – Chaotic Resolve
3. Superchick – Beauty From Pain
4. BarlowGirl – Another Journal Entry
5. Avril Lavigne – Let Go
6. Mutt Math – Reset
7. Krystal Meyers – Krystal Meyers
8. Paramore – All We Know Is Falling
9. Paramore – Brand New Eyes
10. Superchick – Last One Picked
11. Fireflight – Unbreakable
12. Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin

What I think are the best country albums of the 2000s

Here is another in my series of lists of best albums. This one features what I think are the best country albums from the 2000s. Again this list is not based one sales figures. Rather it lists the twelve country albums I have listened to and continue to listen to the most with number one being the one I have and continue to listen to the most.

1. The Wilkinsons – Here and Now
2. Charlie Major – 444
3. Nickel Creek – Nickel Creek
4. Doc Walker – Curve
5. Nickel Creek – This Side
6. The Be Good Tanyas – Chinatown
7. The Wilkinsons – Home
8. Dixie Chicks – Home
9. Dolly Parton – Little Sparrow
10. Dolly Parton – Halos & Horns
11. Billy Ray Cyrus – Southern Rain
12. Alan Jackson – Drive

What I think are the best rock albums of the 90s

Let me continue with the best of the 90s theme for one more post. But this time let me present to you what I think are the best rock albums of the 90. I should tell you that in the 90s I was much more of a country fan then a rock fan and that I only recently started discovering some rock that I like. It should also be noted that I’m not much of a fan of mainstream or indie rock (indie rock in this case referring to a style rather then record label status). Also it should be noted that I’m using the term rock in a broadly defined way so some things on this list may not fit a more narrow definition of rock that some people have. So here is my list of the best rock albums of the 90s.

1. Plumb – Plumb
2. Plumb – candycoatedwaterdrops
3. Chris Gaines (AKA Garth Brooks) – Greatest Hits/Garth Brooks in…. The Life of Chris Gaines
4. The Corrs – Unplugged
5. The Corrs – Talk on Corners
6. The Band – High on the Hog

What I think are the best country albums of the 90s

If you follow me on Twitter or my Twitter feed over on Facebook you’ll know that all weekend I’ve been on a retro 90s trip. Well more accurately a retro 90s country trip. In fact all weekend I have been playing all my old country CDs and cassette tapes (tapes). Yup if I had the album on tape I did not bother to then go get it on CD. Well now if one of my tapes dos die then it’s time to download it onto my computer in MP3 format. Yes in MP3 format ’cause CDs just like cassette tapes are now on their way out. So you may be thinking what would he say are the best country albums of the 90s? Well even if you’re not asking yourself this question I will answer it for you anyway. How would I determine what are the best country albums of the 90s? Well I could go look up which ones have sold the most copes and rank them accordingly to those figures. But that may not give you any indexation of what I think are the best country albums from the 90s. So then what would? Well if I gave you a list of the ones that I have listened to and continue to listen to the most you may get a better indexation of what I think are the best ones. So here is my list of the 15 best country albums from the 90s.

1. Billy Ray Cyrus – It Won’t Be the Last
2. Various Artists – Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles
3. The Wilkinsons – Nothing But Love
4. Deana Carter – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
5. Dixie Chicks – Fly
6. Lila McCann – Something in the Air
7. LeAnn Rimes – Sittin’ on Top of the World
8. Charlie Major – Everything’s Alright
9. Billy Ray Cyrus – Storm in the Heartland
10. Alan Jackson – High Mileage
11. LeAnn Rimes – Unchained Melody: The Early Years
12. Charlie Major – The Other Side
13. Chris Gaines (AKA Garth Brooks) – Greatest Hits/Garth Brooks in…. The Life of Chris Gaines
14. Jason McCoy – Playin’ For Keeps
15. Prairie Oyster – What is this Country?