2008 Music Awards

 

10.  RUBICON 7Just Another Day


2001, Synthpop, Christian thematic

Purchased used from Amazon 3rd party for $4.96

Amazon.com sales rank788,391

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


It’s hard to find good Christian synthpop.  This is one of the better ones out there, though the lyrics are a bit too explicitly evangelical for me at times.


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9.  WITHIN TEMPTATION: The Heart Of Everything


2007, Gothic, Secular with religious allusions

Purchased new from BMG for $6.78

Amazon.com sales rank953

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


The most emotionally dramatic album on my list this year.  Powerful electric guitars, dark gothic choirs...this is spine-tingling stuff.


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8.  HILLSONG LONDONJesus Is (Re:mix)


2007, Dance, Christian praise & worship

Purchased new from Sound & Spirit for $6.78

Amazon.com sales rank196,438

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This was the only current praise & worship dance album I could get my hands on in 2008.  Not quite my style of dance music, but good quality dance music.  Part of the album is chill music.


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7.  THE ECHOING GREEN:  The Evergreen Collection


2002, Synthpop, Christian thematic

Purchased new at Amazon.com for $15.99

Amazon.com sales rank164,342

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I have known about this group for years, and I love synthpop, yet this 2-disc “best of” is my first album by The Echoing Green!  It’s all good...I need more.


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6.  EVERThe Unraveling


2005, Alternative, Christian worldview

Purchased from the artist for $6.99

Amazon.com sales rank:  Not available at Amazon

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No, but are at artist’s website

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Ethereal vocals over music that is perfect for a dark and gloomy day.  A hauntingly beautiful album.


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5. MICHELLE TUMESCenter Of My Universe


2000, Pop, Christian thematic

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank17,537

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This is her second album.  I got this in 2007, but it didn’t click with me until I got hooked on her fourth album.  In 2008, I listened to this nearly as much.


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4. SARAH MACINTOSHThe Waiters, The Watchers, The Listeners, The Keepers, and Me


2008, Acoustic & electric guitar-based, Christian thematic

Purchased new at Amazon.com for $13.98

Amazon.com sales rank81,962

MP3 tracks at Amazon? Yes

Available at iTunes? Yes


The lead singer of Chasing Furies released this solo album of songs with straightforward Christian lyrics.

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2.  REGENERATORRegenerated-X


2003, Industrial, Christian thematic & worldview

Purchased new at Amazon.com for $15.00

Amazon.com sales rank423,301

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


A gorgeously dark electronic album with Christian themes...this was just what I needed in 2008.  Soul touching.


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3.  DREAM LABTranceformation


2008, Dance, Christian thematic

Purchased new at Musichristian.com for $6.98

Amazon.com sales rank198,740

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Last year’s Dream Lab album topped my list.  This is my second favorite of the four albums released so far from Dream Lab.  It’s not as “trance” as I would like it, but it’s still good dance music with explicit Christian lyrics.   


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  1. 1.MICHELLE TUMES


2006, Pop, Christian thematic

Purchased new from the artist’s website for $15.80

Amazon.com sales rank120,024

MP3 at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I’ve been a Michelle Tumes fan for many years, but no album of hers has captured my attention like this fourth album of hers.  Beautiful smooth pop sounds radiate from every track.


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11. NITRO PRAISE: 5


1999, Dance, Christian praise & worship

Purchased used from Amazon 3rd party for $3.24

Amazon.com sales rank72,789

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I have 7 Nitro Praise albums altogether, including this latest purchase of mine.  This is my third favorite of the series.  Even though Nitro Praise leans toward house music, which I don’t prefer, the worship energy is contagious.


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12.  DREAM LABTechnodelic


2008, Psychedelia & Dance, Christian thematic

Purchased new from Musichristian.com for $6.98

Amazon.com sales rank210,157

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I’ve always liked psychedelic music and dance music, so it’s really cool to have these two styles mixed together on this album.  The lyrics are very evangelistic.


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13.  PROJECT 86Rival Factions


2007, Hard music, Christian worldview

Acquired free at work

Amazon.com sales rank38,435

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Only the first song

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This is Project 86’s sixth album, and my fifth (I don’t have their debut). All five of their albums that I have, have made my best of the year.  They consistently turn out top quality albums of intense,

in-your-face music.


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14.  PRISTINAStars And Sirens (Limited Edition 2-disc version)


2007, Chill, Christian worldview

Purchased new from Amazon 3rd party for $20.98

Amazon.com sales rank for this rare version319,478

Amazon.com sales rank for normal version101,229

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  Yes, but normal version only

Available at iTunes?  Yes, but normal version only


This side project of The Echoing Green features all female vocalists, including some of my favorite singers.  Gorgeous electronic chill music.


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15.  VARIOUS ARTISTS:  Automata 10.0


2006, Industrial, Christian thematic & worldview

Purchased new from FlamingFish.com for $5.00

Amazon.com sales rank:  Not available from Amazon

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  No


The 10th in a series of compilation CDs that come free with Automata magazine, featuring top Christian industrial artists, as well as newcomers.


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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 July 25, 2009.

ABOUT THE 2008 AWARDS

     2008 is my first full year this decade with no free CDs from work.  Since I now have to purchase everything, that of course means the styles of music to be found on my list are more predictable.  However, there is still some variety on here.  Amazingly, a soft pop album tops my list.  But dance and synthpop still dominate, and there are still some heavy albums on my list, so don’t think I’m going mellow just because my #1 album is!


With fewer album acquisitions, this year my list is shorter, with just 15 albums making my favorites of the year list.

NOTE: ONLY 1st 8 FULL REVIEWS ARE AVAILABLE SO FAR, so 9-15 “read more” links won’t work.

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