Our Writers Picks for 2001
Top Ten Albums
1. Violet Burning
- Faith And Devotion of a Satellite Heart
2. Common Children - The
3. Denison Marrs - World
Renown For Romance
4. Mike Knott - Life of
5. Starflyer 59 - Leave
Here a Stranger
6. Five Iron Frenzy 2 -
7. P.O.D. - Satellite
8. Cush - EP
9. Kevin Max - Steretype
10. PFR - Disappear
Tool Lateralus -
I didn’t stop listening for nearly six months. Spellbinding, and worth
that five-year wait (how often is that the case?).
Moke Carnival -
From out of nowhere, these Brits put the ‘rock’ back in 'pop-rock,’ and
they’re the best live band I’ve seen in two years.
POD Satellite - Quickly
becoming the kings of ‘nu-metal.’ This record rules.
Doug Pinnick’s second solo outing is a scattershot effort, but it grows
on you in time.
77’s A Golden Field
of Radioactive Crows - Mike’s still got the goods, even if he didn't
do much of the writing this time out. Their most accessible and consistent
Incubus Morning View
The future of ‘modern rock,’ so you might as well get used to them.
King’s X Manic Moonlight
- A new direction, with less than spectacular results. But even their
weaker efforts are better than most.
Ben Harper & The Innocent
Criminals Live from Mars - Brilliantly showcases all aspects
of Harper’s repertoire. An awesome, sprawling achievement.
Brian Webb The Evolving
CD - Singer/Songwriter from Boston, his songs cut to the heart. As
passionate a writer as you’ll find.
System of a Down Toxicity
This makes it on the strength of “Chop Suey!” alone. Now, if we could only
temper their political views...
Pearl Jam’s Live CD’s
An amazing collection from the greatest live band of our generation.
Weezer Weezer (The
Toadies Hell Below/Stars
Rollins Band - Nice
In no particular
order, except alphabetical by artist.
Honorable mention: Smashing
Pumpkins, Rotten Apples & Judas O (would have made the top 10,
but picking a greatest hits album is cheating); Radiohead, I Might Be
Wrong (would have made the top 10, but picking a live album is cheating);
P.O.D., Satellite (close but no cigar); Incubus, Morning View
(Fred Durst, kiss my you-know-what).
Bob Dylan, Love and Theft
The best album of the year.
Jennifer Knapp, The Way I
Am - Hopefully, this will finally put cries for her to repeat Kansas
Kevin Max, Stereotype Be
See Kevin write. See Kevin sing. See Kevin release a superb album.
Muse, Origin of Symmetry
Not yet released to the US. Go dig up an import.
R.E.M., Reveal - Yay
for R.E.M.: still around and making good music. Now if we could just get
Radiohead, Amnesiac -
Almost better than Kid A. Not bad for a few leftovers.
Travis, The Invisible Band
Still hasn't left my CD player.
Pete Yorn, Musicforthemorningafter
Tired of constantly being fed The Next Big Thing? This guy's the real deal.
The Beatles, Revolver--What's
that you say? It wasn't released this year? Well, it's still a darn good
album, isn't it?
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Here are my top
ten of the year so far. (But I've got to hear that new Mick Jagger album
sometime. I'm not a fan, but the reviews have emphasized a new emphasis
on soul searching and spirituality there that has me curious... as does
the involvement of Bono.)
Sam Phillips - Fan Dance.
It equals the most enjoyable albums of her career, "The Turning" and "Martinis
and Bikinis", while also standing as her most mysterious, sparse, and tightly-woven
Bob Dylan - Love and Theft.
Another masterpiece... that's two in a row! And even though the lyrics
are funny, complicated, and relentlessly clever, Dylan's ongoing arguments
with the Divine are still front and center.
R.E.M. - Reveal. Their
most beautiful work since "Automatic", and their most cohesively thematic
album ever... a library of testimonies from characters trying to venture
past the boundaries of their worlds.
Over the Rhine - Films for Radio.
A bolder, brighter (and, yes, more radio-ready) sound. Several fantastic
songs, and the rest are good too.
Gillian Welch - Revelator.
Her most personal, original, and complicated work. Guitarist David Rawlings
really deserves equal billing, especially since he produced this one.
Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs.
A decade of waiting, and finally this masterful poet delivers. Dark,
brooding, deceptively simple music, full of prayer and meditations on our
humble state in the constant loving presence of God. "I am not the
one who loves... no, it's Love that chooses me."
Buddy and Julie Miller - Buddy
and Julie Miller. This one just keeps growing on me... a red-hot-and-roll
country-rock record full of the Millers' infectuous cheer and heartbreaking
Suzanne Vega - Songs in Red
and Gray. This is Vega at her most intimate as a recording artist,
journalling through a period of divorce and painful parenting. There's
also a startling new dialogue with God going on.
(tie) The Innocence Mission
- Small Planes and Don Peris - Ten Silver Slide Trombones.
The Perises deliver again, this time with tunes fro the closet and Don's
own personal work. Shimmering pools of light, hope, faith, and beauty.
Daniel Amos - Mr. Buechner's
Dream. Give them credit for the magnitude of this 33-song marathon...
and not a bad song on it! It's good to hear the band in peak condition.
U2 - All That You Can't Leave
Behind. Okay, so this was my #1 record last year, but today it still
sounds as fresh and exciting and exhilarating as ever. I still play it
constantly, and the concert was the most inspiring event I've ever waited
in line to attend. The Elevation DVD is astonishing... pick it up
and see what you were missing!
Okay...so here's my top
ten for 2001, give or take a few....I was never good at following rules...and
some of these may actually have been released near the end of 2000, but
I got them and reviewed them in 2001. so there. wanna start
a fight??? And I'm sure I've forgotten some.
Here's what i've been digginng
on this year, in no particular order, because I find it hard to rank these
things..so let's go for alphabetical order so no one's feelings are hurt:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
- BRMC - could be best new artist for the year. This psychedlic trio
from San Francisco spent a lot of time in my CD player...well, their disc
did...not them, per se.
Charity Empressa - self-titled
- this drone project from Eric Campuzano and friends has some really interesting
work on it.
Crash Rickshaw - Crash Rickshaw
- one of the newer releases from this year, this is a side project of two
of the members of Project 86. Not as hard or hardcore as Project
86, but still a rockin' good time. Old-school punk with attitude
and angst, and NOT overproduced, like most of the stuff that tries to pass
itself off as punk these days.
CUSH - ep - originally a Cornerstone
only release, this disc is now availabe to the masses. Not as good
as last year's debut, but still a great album. And a whole new style,
with a partially new line-up.
The Czars - Music from the film
"I'd Rather be...Gone"
(absalom 3")/The Ugly People
vs. The Beautiful People - OK...so this is actually TWO cds, but since
one is only 4 songs, I thought I would lump them together. First
discovered them from the Absalom 3" release. This Denver club band
has a great laid back, dream-like sound, with intense vocals and great
lyrics...especially the song "Drug" which is on both releases.
Dashboard Confessional - The
Places You Have Come to Fear the Most - Chris Carrabba and his stripped
down, acoustic emo with tons of songs about falling in love only to have
your heart RIPPED out of your chest and stomped on repeatedly. Ah...the
good old days... I really love this disc and the memories it brings
The Denver Gentlemen - Meet
the Denver Gentlemen - also from Absalom, this disc was recorded a few
years back. This band is a precursor to 16HP and you can hear the
similarities. Kurt Weill meets German beer hall meets Salvation Army street
musicians. Quirky music and dark, spiritual overtones.
The Dingees - The Crucial Conspiracy
- produced by Mr. Hottie himself, Frank Lenz (he took over after the death
of Gene Eugene), this is old school punk, a la the Clash, in all its glory.
A nice raw sound with reggae thrown in for good measure, and some nice
stripped-down, laid back tunes.
Jason Gay - A Place Called Hope
- a real fave in the Mueller household, and one of the few discs my wife
and I can agree on. Technically this is a 2000 release, but I reviewed
it in 2001. So sue me. Well produced indie singer/songwriter
fare influenced by Mark Heard, Pierce Pettis, and the like, with the ability
to rock out at times. I never get tired of this disc.
Neilson Hubbard - Why Men Fail
- also from 2000, but discovered in 2001 (thanks Jeremy!) Melancholy
melodies and smooth vocals, with lo-fi songs about love gone bad...or gone
wrong...or something like that.
Damian Jurado - Ghost of David
- again, a late 2000 release. Possibly his best album yet. This dude
is channeling Nick Drake while drinking heavily from the fountains of low-fi
DIY punk. Did you like the movie Fargo? well, then you'll love the
misfits ad losers that populate Jurado-land.
Kelly Wingate - Are You Sleeping,
Love? - another 2000 disc, that I received at the end of the year, and
in fact included as a runner-up for my 2000 end of year list. But
I hadn't given it enough time. One of my faves of the year, now.
Slo-core acoustic dream pop from Mississippi produced by the aforementioned
Neilson Hubbard. Oh, and this is a band, not a chick, which is why
it is alphabetized in the K's and not the W's. Unfortunately this
incarnation of the band no longer exists, but some of the members are working
on a new project...
Mike Knott - Life of David -
or "Life of Mike" as the case may be. Everyones favorite quirky songmeister
gets introspective as he compares his life with that of King David, with
all of the highs and lows that go with it. Some really beautiful
Over the Rhine - Films for Radio
- I'm one of those misfits who always felt that "Eve" was their best album,
and since this disc is a bit of a return to that form, I was as pleased
P.O.D. - Satellite - This will
be the disc of the year for a lot of people, and while I'm not sure I go
that far, it is a great disc, and the fact that its release was 9/11 makes
it even more interesting. Lyrically they address a lot of the issues
being discussed as a result of the attacks of 9/11. And the single playing
at radio, "Youth of the Nation" is probably the weakest cut on the album.
Full-on rock 'n' roll.
Rock & Roll Worship Circus
- Big Star Logistics - now THIS is what worship music should sound like.
At least on a CD. Not sure I'd be comfortable with it in church,
but as a worship CD it is great. Retro-psychadelia with influences
as diverse as the Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the Violet Burning.
This Beautiful Mess - Falling
on Deaf Ears - the emo movement if bleeding profusely, and as a result,
emo label Deep Elm has been putting out a lot of mediocre stuff lately.
But this band is the new face of emo, if you can label it anything.
Fresh new indie-pop from Holland. Great lyrics dealing with issues
of faith, doubt, sin, and redemption, and great vocals, to boot!
Various artists - Seen/Unseen
- this benefit CD from Absalom features some of the best indie pop
artists out there, from Kelly Wingate and the Czars to the Psalters and
Dan Donovan. As well as a few more established starts, such as Joe Henry,
16 Horsepower, and Frank Black.
Sam Phillips - Fan Dance - not
as new and different as I had hoped it would be, but still a nice effort
Vigilantes of Love - Summershine
- a runner-up you say? I'm still a fan of the old stuff, especially
Killing Floor, and this one didn't have the staying power in my CD player
that I had expected. But I still like the disc.
16 Horsepower - Hoarse - this
is the band's live disc. Just not quite good enough to make my top
Pierce Pettis - State of Grace
- you may be sensing a theme here, but again, I prefer his earliest three
albums, but this is somewhat of a return to that earlier, raw style.
Sufjan Stevens - A Sun Came...
- nice quirky indie-pop
Disappointments of 2001:
Anxiously awaiting new stuff
Sixpence None the Richer
Pedro the Lion
My Top Ten (or so) of 2001
(in no particular order)
Other good stuff:
VOL - Summershine. Great
Brit-pop hooks. Hasn't left the player since I got it. There
are easily six singles here if anyone would play them. But I still
may like Audible Sigh more...
King's X - Manic Moonlight.
Only disappointing if compared to their earlier. Lyrically not as
strong as other albums, too short, etc. I have the same complaints
as most of the reviews. But it's still better than 90% of what I've
heard this year.
Nate Houge and the Honest Folk
- Folkstar. If Bill Mallonee was 20 and living in Minnesota, this
would be his latest release. A great album by an unknown.
The Jelly Jam. Side project
by Ty Tabor and others, similar to the Platypus albums. Great prog rock.
Poundhound - Pineappleskunk.
The best King's X related album since Ear Candy. Side project of
Doug Pinnick - rocks loud and strong. Some of the strongest music
he's done in years.
Rachel Kurtz - there is beauty.
Another Minnesota indie. Acoustic based folk/rock in the vein of
Leigh Nash. Honest, tuneful, and enjoyable.
Mitch McVicker - Crossing the
Horizon. Maybe my favorite album of the year. Mitch continues
to grow musically and lyrically as he emerges from Rich Mullins' shadow.
Rock N Roll Worship Circus -
Big Star Logistics. Everything Ken said and more. Ranges from
Pink Floyd to Radiohead to Bush musically.
Yogi - Any Raw Flesh?
Influenced by King's X, Extreme, and Star Wars. Great new album by
a Seattle unknown.
Da - Mr. Buechner's Dream
Hip By Proxy
Million Time Winner
Glen Phillips - Abulum
Acquired and love it,
not released this year:
Supershine - another Doug Pinnick
side album, with Bruce Franklin of Trouble. Great Alice in Chains
Ty Tabor - Naomi's Solar Pumpkin.
Much better mix of vocals than Moonflower Lane. Great guitar work
toad the wet sprocket - fear
VOL - Audible Sigh, Killing
Pearl Jam - Ten
King's X - Gretchen Goes to
Rich Mullins - all releases
The Call - Reconciled
Midnight Oil - all
Looking forward to:
Getting my house unpacked (moved
in Dec 1)
picking up the new Barenaked
The King's X dates in Feb- March
Anything Bill/VOL has forthcoming
A new Steve Taylor album? (This
is getting to be like the Boston rumors in the 80's...every year you hear
a rumor it's gonna come out...every year nothing happens).
Waterboys - still haven't picked
Top whatever discs (out of
1. Summershine - VoL
2. Films For Radio
3. Mr. Buechner's Dream
4. Hip By Proxy
5. Adam Again & Friends
6. Golden Field of Radioactive
Flowers - 77s
7. Sunday Best - Ticklepenny
8. O Brother soundtrack
9. Real Men Cry - Lost Dogs
I'm afraid I've been listening
to a lot of older music (from Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue to Radiohead's
OK Computer). Those have really been the highlights of the year for me,
but we were asked for the best of 2001, so here's my top few.
Leo Nine by Leo Nine -My guitar
teacher keeps on reinforcing a lesson: "Focus on quality, not quantity".
With only five tracks on this little gem, Leo Nine seem to have taken this
lesson to heart. A beautiful, consistent piece of work from the band that
once was Battered Fish.
Amnesiac by Radiohead - A very
listenable release, this was actually my introduction to Radiohead. Yorke's
a brilliant vocalist and Radiohead have a genuine talent for creating interesting,
Since I Left You by The Avalanches
- Should have been released in the States by now. This Australian dance
group's debut sparkles with creativity and energy. Must have been a painstaking
job putting together this album, since it consists of literally hundreds
Classic YoYo by YoYo Ma - Wouldn't
ever have discovered this guy if it wasn't for my mother. YoYo Ma is a
brilliant cellist with, as this greatest hits (of sorts) indicates, great
variety. Includes everything from performances of Bach pieces to songs
of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack.
Golden Field Of Radioactive
Crows by the Seventy Sevens - Not quite what I was hoping for after E.P.
but even so a fantastic rock album. Since summer's here (for those of us
below the equator), I think I'll be listening to this one a bit more.
The most disappointing
albums this year have been P.O.D.'s Satellite, Third Day's Come Together,
Carolina Moon by the Glenn Kaiser Band, and the Stavesacre songs off their
split E.P. with Denison Marrs.
Chris MacIntosh aka Grandfather
Here is my top ten for 2001,
these are not necessarily in order.
1 Mr. Beuchner's Dream by Daniel
Amos - After a career of over 20 years the band is still going
strong as shown by this 33 song classic. There isn't a clunker in the bunch
2 Live From The Acoustic Stage
by various artists - A sonic chronicle of the Silent Planet stage from
Cornerstone 2001.This is a perfect album for those who enjoy the singer/songwriter
3 Tonio K. and 16 Tons Of Monkey's
Live - Recorded in 1992 but just released this year, this album is a perfect
example of what we used to call butt-kickin' rock n roll
4 Real Men Cry by Lost Dogs
- The harmonies are sweet, the playing is great and this 3 legged dog lives
5 Breath of Heaven by David
Fitzgerald - Why can't all worship music be this good ???
6 The Weatherman In The Missile
Age by CAVU - Hailing from Mesa, Arizona this is a band that a lot more
people need to be aware of. Vocalist Peggie Balcom is the sister of Annie
Quick from Stickman Jones.
7 Spin by Mark Giacobbe - This
is a perfect example of why I love NY. Mark is an all around professional
in all that he touches.
8 Stings Attached by Glass Harp
- A live performance by the band accompanied by the Youngstown Symphony
Orchestra. This album rocks.
9 Bareface by Aaron Sprinkle
- Minimalist music at its best. Neil Young and the Stray Gators eat your
10 Walking Without Effort by
Richard Swift - Although still not released as of yet, this is probably
my favorite one this year.
Favorite movie: The Fellowship
of the Ring
Favorite books: Fiction/ The
Mystic Rose by Stephen Lawhead Non fiction/ Common Ground- An Explanation
of Eastern Christianity For the American Christian by Jordan Bajis
Best Albums of 2001:
Other great acquisitions (released
1. P.O.D. - Satellite
(simply awesome, and you haven't even heard the best tracks on the radio)
Tie 2. Yogi - Any Raw Flesh?
(new progressive artist who overdosed on Rush and Star Wars)
Tie 2. Crunchy - All Day Sucker
(debut by former Galactic Cowboys bassist Monty Colvin, very high-energy
Foo Fighters feel)
Tie 2. King's X - Manic Moonlight
(not the best album by these groove metal monarchs, but it includes some
great single tracks like "The Other Side" and "Jenna")
Tie 2. Unfisted - Define Strength
(new band with great hardcore in the tradition of Stavesacre and Traindodge
but with a very different vocal style)
Isle of Q - Isle of Q (hard-rock
grunge fare executed to perfection, some similarities to the Mustard Seeds)
Dave Beegle - A Year Closer
(guitar deity Beegle brings rock, Mediterranean and Eastern European influences
to bear in this great mainly acoustic-prog album)
Favorite Album of 2001:
Other Favorite Albums
from 2001 in alphabetical order:
Daniel Amos: Mr. Buechner's
Glenn Kaiser's Carolina Moon
Mike Knott: Life of David
Lost Dogs: Real Men Cry
Over the Rhine: Films for Radio
Sam Phillips: Fan Dance
Seventy Sevens: A Golden Field
of Radioactive Crows
Aaron Sprinkle: Bareface
Vigilantes of Love: Summershine
Honorable Mention from
Greatest Hits Albums
Adam Again & Friends: Live
at Cornerstone 2000
Audio Adrenaline: Hit Parade
dc Talk: Intermission
Elvis Presley: Nearer My God
In no particular order:
Honourable mentions: Just outside
the top ten, not because they're lacking but
Jonatha Brooke Steady Pull
Sarah Masen The Dreamlife
Over The Rhine Films for
Bruce Cockburn Anything Anytime
The Waterboys Too Close To
Buddy and Julie Miller s/t
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
More Shall We Part
PJ Harvey Stories From The
City Stories From The Sea
because there's so much
Brian Houston Mea Culpa
Stevenson and Samuel Grace
Bell Jar On the Outside Looking
Iain Archer For What Feels
Radiohead I Might Be Wrong
Currently on order: Slipping
in as everything I've heard from them so far has
been fantastic, but I have
yet to receive my copies to really spend time with.
Top Live Shows of 2001: It's
been a good year for tours this year. These are
Suzanne Vega Songs In Red
Bob Dylan Love and Theft
more selected highlights
than the years best.
U2 Elevate the Astoria - Astoria,
U2 Elevation Tour - Earl's Court,
- South Park, Oxford, July
Antonio Forccione - Edinburgh
Fringe, Edinburgh, August
Vigilantes of Love/Airstar/Bell
Jar - Zodiac, Oxford, October
Nitin Sawhney/Julian Joseph
- Royal Albert Hall, London, August
The Waterboys - Brixton Academy,
Kings of Convenience - Union
Chapel, London, June
Juliet Turner - Dingwalls, London,
Sarah Masen/Susan Enan - The
Borderline, London, June
Dum Dums/Eddi Reader/Courtney
Pine/et al - Greenbelt
Films for Radio - Over the Rhine
- Films for Radio is an amazing collection of songs that should appeal
to fans of... what kind of music IS this, anyway? These tunes are as "artsy"
as the come, but many of them are also fairly accessible. Creative instrumentation,
honest lyrics and spine-tingling vocals make Films for Radio an instant
The Way I Am - Jennifer Knapp
- When it comes to the topic of grace, Jennifer Knapp is one of the best
in the business. Her third project, The Way I Am, is not her most accessible,
but it is easily her most artistic and thought-provoking.
The Golden Hum - Remy Zero -
A rock band that plays pop songs. This band sounds like a cross between
U2 and Pink Floyd, and the intense, passionate performance makes The Golden
Hum a must for rock fans.
Blue Boy - Ron Sexsmith - Why
does everyone always ask me, "Is that his real name?" I don't really know,
but I do know that his pop/folk music boasts great hooks and refreshingly
Big Surprise - The Elms - Drawing
from influences such as The Beatles and other classic pop/rock bands, The
Elms show a lot of courage on their debut LP by stepping out of the box
musically, and a lot of talent by doing it with so much success.
Satellite - P.O.D. - Normally,
I am not a fan of hardcore music, but P.O.D.'s passionate, Christ-centered
songs are very impressive.
Stereotype Be - Kevin Max -
Despite the fact that he occasionally borrows too much from the Fab Four,
U2 and Sting, Kevin Max's solo debut is a unique, cohesive piece of music
that is full of colorful lyrics.
Downhere - downhere - My favorite
new band of the year.
Electric Boogaloo - Five Iron
Frenzy - Reese Roper's clever lyrics really make this album. Five Iron
is just as funny as Relient K, but not as preachy.
The Anatomy of Tongue in Cheek
- Relient K - These guys are hysterical, and an amazing live band. There
are a couple of bad apples in the bunch, but overall, this is a solid album.
Bob Dylan--Love and Theft
Ike Reilly--Salesmen & Racists
Wilco--Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Aaron Sprinkle -- Bareface
Travis -- Invisible Band
VOL -- Summershine
Great Fiction -- Screaming Through
The New Speak
Elton John -- Songs from The
LA Symphony -- Big Broke LA
Ryan Adams -- Gold
Over the Rhine -- Films for
POD -- Satelite
Mars ILL -- Raw Material
Thomas V. Bona
Over the Rhine - "Films for
REM - "Reveal"
VOL - "Summershine"
Radiohead - "Amnesiac"
Buddy and Julie - s/t
Natalie Merchant - "Motherland"
Eliza Carthy - "Angels and Cigarettes"
Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack
Ani Difranco - "Revelling/Reckoning"
Mike Knott - "Life of David"
Joy Electric - The White Songbook
Danielson Famile - Fetch the
The Icarus Line - Mono
Fugazi - The Argument
Dashboard Confessional - The
Places You Have Comne to Fear the Most
Les Savy Fav - Go Forth
Will Haven - Carpe Diem
Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American
16 Horsepower - Hoarse
Zao - Self-Titled
Just settling down for the
first time in 2002 and can offer a few notes regarding my favorite ten
recordings from 2001. No preambles with exception to this: I'm supplying
URLs for stuff for which you may not be familiar:
(1) Hannah and Elizabeth.
This duo is from my hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, and this CD really
surprised me; it's sharp! There's praise and worship and absolutely beautiful
(2) Jennifer Daniels: Dive
and Fly. Another regional artist (from Lookout Mountain, Tennessee).
This is Jennifer's second full-length project. Trivia: she recorded it
while her vocal chords were strained, but it's impossible to tell. On her
supporting tour for this project, she stopped to have her doctor look at
her vocal chords, and the tests turned out fine. So much so that Jennifer
took the photos of her vocal chords on tour with her! This is acoustic
rock at its best, and Jennifer is accompanied by multi-talented musician
husband Jeff Neal. <http://www.jenniferdaniels.com>
(3) Gary Oliver: More
Than Enough. This is the first project I'd ever heard from Oliver (music,
that is; I've heard a lot of his Promise Keepers messages since then from
"Promise Keepers Radio Highlights"). The music project blew me away, and
I really laughed a lot the first time I heard his techno-funk version of
"Celebrate Jesus." It seemed almost irreverent, but hey, he composed it!
(4) Benjamin Dube (last name
spelled correctly: "Dubé"): I Feel Like Going On. I don't
have this CD with me; it's at the radio station. Recorded in South Africa,
Epic Records got it to us in 2001, although it's dated 1999. Lots of long
praise and worship songs, and absolutely the most heart-wrenching version
of "Power in the Blood" I've *ever* heard. I don't know where to get my
own copy, and every time I play a medley of it on the air at WQXL, our
listeners call to ask where they can get a copy!! ;-)
(5) Michael W. Smith: Worship.
I don't have this one yet, but our radio station does, and I like every
single tune from this project. Awesome.
(6) Skillet: Alien Youth.
I never thought the guys (and gals) could outdo Hey You, I Love Your
Soul. I'm glad I'm wrong! ;-)
(7) Beki Hemingway and Jonathan
Rundman: Present. A six-song Christmas EP. Its only problem was
that it was *way* too short. For a home-grown project (recorded in Beki's
living room), it really got me in the Christmas spirit. <http://www.pastemusic.com>
(8) delirious?: deeper:
the d:finitive worship experience. I'm behind on my reviews for The
Phantom Tollbooth (this one's next), and I absolutely love the remixes.
(9) Vineyard Music: Come,
Now is the Time to Worship. Actually released in 2000, I think, but
I just bought it last year. The absolute best Vineyard collection released.
A close second is the recently released Breathe: 15 Modern Worship Classics.
(10) Paul Wilbur: Lion
of Judah. Messianic praise and worship, and this project also had something
to do with "regional" for me, since Paul covered some songs from the worship
team from Charlotte, North Carolina's Morningstar Ministries.