2007 Music Awards

 

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10.  JOHN REUBENWord Of Mouth


2007, Rap, Christian worldview

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank118,002

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This 5th album of his is my first since his 2nd.  His first two albums made my annual reward lists, but this one is even better.  An amazing mix-up of sounds accompany John’s bold raps.


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9.  FUTURE OF FORESTRYTwilight


2007, Alternative, Christian thematic

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank49,158

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Basically the second album by Something Like Silas, but this time not a full-blown worship album.  Same beautiful sounds, but some of the lyrics this time are horizontal rather than vertical in focus.


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8.  THE BROTHERS MARTIN


2007, Alternative rock & synthpop, Christian worldview

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank26,913

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Jason Martin and his brother Ronnie have been doing great albums separately for years; here they join together again for a top-notch performance.

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7.  MADONNAConfessions On A Dance Floor


2005, Dance, Secular

Purchased new from BMG Music Club for $6.59

Amazon.com sales rank1,095

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes, individual tracks or the

     non-stop mix as a full album download

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I know I’m late to the show here.  I liked the album as soon as it came out, but didn’t get it until 2007.  My first Madonna album since 1988!


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6.  THE DOLLYROTSBecause I’m Awesome


2007, Pop punk, Secular

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank27,695

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


My third year in a row to get a summer pop punk album fronted by a female vocalist.  Like The Randies and Go Betty Go, this group is tons of fun!


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5. THE CHOIRO How The Mighty Have Fallen


2005, Alternative rock, Christian thematic/worldview

Purchased new from Sound & Spirit for $6.59

Amazon.com sales rank94,641

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I have been a fan of The Choir since their first album in 1985.  Their two previous to this were a little weak, but they’re back to top notch beauty here.


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4. JOY ELECTRIC: The Otherly Opus


2007, Analog synthpop, Christian worldview

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank15,082

MP3 tracks at Amazon? Yes

Available at iTunes? Yes


Though this album did not impact me as deeply as its predecessor, The Ministry Of Archers, it has still delighted me with rich electronics and moodiness.


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2.  SITUATION: A New Wave Of Joy


2004, Synthpop, Christian thematic

Purchased new at Amazon.com for $12.99

Amazon.com sales rank620,923

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  No


It’s really hard to come by good Christian synthpop, and nearly impossible to find any with explicitly Christian lyrics.  This is a rare gem.


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3.  OCEANS ABOVE


2007, indie pop, Christian praise & worship

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank145,941

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I’m so tired of all the popular worship songs, yet want something for worship. This group solved the problem by creating completely new interpretations of the songs, resuscitating them with an amazing freshness.     Go to full review...

  1. 1.DREAM LABClub Revival


2007, Dance, Christian vertical

Purchased new from Sound & Spirt for $7.58

Amazon.com sales rank331,160

MP3 at Amazon?  Yes, but whole album only

Available at iTunes?  Yes, individual tracks


Not since the Nitro Praise series has there been an album of such high quality dance music set to worshipful lyrics.  I have experienced many hours of jubilant worship while listening to this grand, exuberant set.


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11. CAMILLELe Fil


2006, Indie pop, Secular

Originally released in France in 2005

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank41,944

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Fresh.  Different.  Camille uses her voice in very interesting ways on this mostly peaceful, at times a bit silly, musical gem.  Some songs are a capella, while others have light instrumental accompaniment.

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12.  ULTRABEATShine Through My Life


2003, Dance, Christian thematic

Purchased new from Antiphonic.com for $3.85

Amazon.com sales rank146,825

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  No


This is Ultrabeat’s third and latest album, but my first of his.  It consists of various styles of dance music with explicitly Christian lyrics.


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13.  MYSTERIATempting The Muse


2006, Chill, Secular

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank4,803

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


There are a number of chill albums that try to recreate the mood of Enigma’s ground-breaking 1991 release mixing Gregorian chants with a beat.  This is one of the few that clearly succeeds.

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14.  E-PRAISE


2002, Dance, Christian praise & worship

Purchased new from Antiphonic.com for $4.35

Amazon.com sales rank412,597

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  No


Erik Augustsson of Ultrabeat created this side project with vocalist Hannah Westin, an album of well-known worship songs set to dance music, mostly electronic with a bit of house influence.


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15.  SARAH MASENThe Dreamlife Of Angels


2001, Acoustic, Christian thematic

Purchased new from Sound & Spirit for $7.29

Amazon.com sales rank194,820

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This is October music for me...acoustic guitar, peaceful, thoughtful.  While other artists have such music, there’s something special about the way Sarah Masen does it.


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17.  SISSYAll Under


2006, Chill, Secular

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank: 155,408

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  Yes


The most distinctive feature of this album is the lazy way the female vocalist sings.  Coupled with the downtempo dance beat, it creates a very relaxing mood for evenings.


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18.  THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE:  Nothing & Nowhere


2007, Electro-goth/synthpop, Secular

Originally released in 2002

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank38,628

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This is beautiful, reverbed synthesizer music with a female vocalist.  The sound is reminiscent of 80s music without being retro.  There’s not a weak song on here.


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19.  FLATFOOT 56Jungle Of The Midwest Sea


2007, Punk, Christian thematic

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank54,030

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


While the band hails from Chicago, they sound like they’re a pub band from Scotland or Ireland.  At times they even use bagpipes.  Not as good as their first album, but still energetic stuff.


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20.  VARIOUS ARTISTS:  Gothic Divas 2006


2006, Gothic, Secular

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank243,397

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


A sampling of some music from gothic bands that feature female singers.  My favorite songs on here are from Tre Lux, which is a non-goth side project from a goth singer.

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16.  PURE//sound.PICTURE (guitars.turntables.worship.)


2003, Dance (some acoustic), Christian thematic

Purchased new at Antiphonic.com for $10.38

Amazon.com sales rank:  Not available from Amazon.  Listed at Antiphonic.com and CDbaby.com

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  No


Great dance music with some moments of beautiful worship, as well as some general Christian themes. Very rare CD.


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21.  YELLOW SECONDAltitude


2005, Modern rock, Christian thematic/worldview

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank112,705

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This is sunny, summer alternative rock or pop, with gentle electric guitars and memorable melodies or hooks.  Consistent music, laidback mood.


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22.  FIREFLIGHTThe Healing Of Harms


2006, Alternative rock, Christian thematic

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank21,551

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


There are some songs on this album that I really like, and some others I’m not so fond of.  Fronted by a female vocalist, it’s powerful rock that is at times intense.


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23.  LEELANDSound Of Melodies


2006, Modern rock, Christian thematic

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank11,905

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Many, many fans of Christian music listed this album as their favorite of 2006.  I acquired it in 2006, but it wasn’t until I learned how popular it was that I dug into it.  Pretty and melodic modern rock.


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24.  STARFLYER 59My Island


2006, Alternative rock, Christian worldview

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank24,872

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


If I’ve counted right, this is Starflyer 59’s 11th album.  While I don’t like the later albums as much as the earlier albums, it’s still quality music that somehow never gets old.


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25.  AUTUMN’S GREY SOLACEShades Of Grey


2006, Ethereal/shoegazer, Secular

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank215,094

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Half Cocteau Twins in sound, and half darkwave, Autumn’s Grey Solace produces beautiful music that can send tingles down my spine.


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26.  THE CHOIRFlap Your Wings


2001, Alternative rock, Christian thematic/worldview

Purchased new from Antiphonic.com for $3.35

Amazon.com sales rank115,634

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I don’t think there’s ever been an album by The Choir that wasn’t one of my favorites of the year.  They are consistently above the norm, both musically and lyrically.


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27. DELERIUMNuages Du Monde


2006, Chill, Secular

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank1,928

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


The kings of chill music have been around almost two decades by now, I believe, and appear on countless chill compilations.  This is my first complete Delerium album.  It’s a beautiful treasure of music from start to finish.


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28.  VARIOUS ARTISTS:  Plastiq Musiq, New Musiq Volume 2


2001, Synthpop, Christian worldview/thematic

Purchased new from Antiphonic.com for $2.60

Amazon.com sales rank538,558

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  No


This is a collection of synthpop from various artists, mostly unsigned.  While most tracks are only mediocre, synthpop is so rare in Christian music that I’ll take whatever I can get.      Go to full review...

29.  JEFF DEYOUnveil


2007, Modern rock, Christian praise & worship

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank28,657

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This is high energy modern rock throughout, with all praise & worship lyrics.  It’s good quality music, but not unique or compelling enough to rank it higher on my list.


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30.  HAWK NELSONSmile, It’s The End Of The World


2006, Pop punk, Christian worldview/thematic

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank27,165

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes? Yes


It seems nearly every fan of CCM who didn’t choose Leeland as their favorite of 2006 chose this album.  It is good pop punk, but I wanted more from the lyrics.


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Note: Please see the web page “Annual Music Awards” for a complete description of the way the awards are chosen (qualifications to be on the list, criteria for ranking) and for what the various data here mean (i.e. lyrical theme categories, Amazon.com rankings, etc.).  The list below contains only a brief synopsis of each album.  For my full review of the album, click on the album cover picture.  This page’s Amazon rankings are as of January 25, 2009.

ABOUT THE 2007 AWARDS

In June 2007, I quit my job at Borders, so that ended my musical dream life of getting tons of free CDs.  With only a half a year of free CDs, this list is smaller than 2006’s list.  But there is still plenty of great stuff here that I likely would not have purchased on my own.


2007 was the year I officially burned out on modern rock, so I began purchasing Christian music of styles I liked.  I got many free top modern rock Christian albums--This Beautiful Republic, The Almost, Lost Ocean, etc.--but none of these fine albums made my list because I had burned out on modern rock.

NOTE: FULL REVIEWS ARE NOT AVAILABLE YET, so the “read more” links won’t work.