2009 Music Awards

 

10.  DAVID CROWDER BAND: Remedy


2007, Modern rock, Christian praise & worship

Purchased new from Sound  & Spirit for $6.59

Amazon.com sales rank7,936

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


My third David Crowder Band CD, and my third one to make the awards.  He makes top notch worship albums, and this one is no exception.


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9.  PAINTED ORANGEOut Of Egypt


1996, Alternative, Christian thematic

Purchased used from Amazon third party for $3.91

Amazon.com sales rank266,937

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No, but their first album is

Available at iTunes?  No, but their first album is


I discovered this album on someone’s blog!  It has sounds that are reminiscent of The Cure, INXS, and other bands with danceable alternative rock.


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8.  ANDY HUNTERColour


2008, Dance, Christian thematic  & worldview

Purchased new from Amazon.com for $14.99

Amazon.com sales rank116,356

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Highly disappointing for an Andy Hunter album for two reasons:  There’s little high energy dance music here, and the lyrics are weak. His musicianship is outstanding as always, though.


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7.  DEEP EFFECT


2005, Dance, Christian thematic

Purchased new at Amazon for $15.49

Amazon.com sales rank715,981

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Desperate for all the Christian dance music I can get my hands on, I managed to find this CD.  It’s mostly instrumental, but the songs with lyrics clearly focus on Christian themes.


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5.  JOANNA MARTINO: My World


2005, Power pop, Christian thematic

Purchased new from Sound & Spirit for $6.59

Amazon.com sales rank510,572

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


It’s rare that a Nashville CCM album done by a producer with assigned songwriters would make my list, but I like the energy and the songs on this one.


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6. THE GLORIOUS UNSEEN: Tonight The Stars Speak


2007, Modern rock, Christian vertical

Purchased new from Sound & Spirit for $6.59

Amazon.com sales rank108,743

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


This is my update for Something Like Silas’s “Divine Invitation.”  Gorgeous floating guitars and deeply worshipful lyrics.  An album to seek God with.


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4. DREAMLAB: Worship Revolutions, Mix 1


2009, Dance, Christian praise & worship

Purchased new at Amazon.com for $11.98

Amazon.com sales rank101,434

MP3 tracks at Amazon? No

Available at iTunes? Yes


I’ve worn out all my other electronic dance worship albums, so I was definitely glad to see this one released.  These are beautiful, high quality versions of popular worship songs.

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  1. 2. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Moonlight Cathedral


2004, Gothic, Christian thematic & worldview

Purchased used from an Amazon third party for  $14.88

Amazon.com sales rank602,282

MP3 tracks at Amazon?  No

Available at iTunes?  No


A compilation of gothic music, a mixture of electronic and guitar based, all with a dark and beautiful mood.


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  1. 3. THE GO-GO’S: God Bless The Go-Go’s


2001, Pop punk, Secular

Purchased new at Amazon.com for $3.33

Amazon.com sales rank43,690

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


I was a huge Go-Go’s fan in the 1980s, but I put off purchasing this album, doubting that it would be as good.  I was wrong...it’s awesome!!!    


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  1. 1.BON VOYAGELies


2008, Synthpop, Christian worldview

Purchased used from  Amazon third party for  $5.95

Amazon.com sales rank168,694

MP3 at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Bon Voyage’s third album and the third to be #1 or #2 on my awards list.  Very different in sound from their previous two, it’s still thoroughly Martinesque and delightful.


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11. NORWAY: The Essence Of Norway


1999, Synthpop, Christian thematic & worldview

Purchased used from Amazon 3rd party for $3.69

Amazon.com sales rank295,515

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Produced by Ronnie Martin (Joy Electric) on his record label, this is a mediocre and at times cheesy synthpop album.  Yet I kept listening to it.  There’s something catchy about it.

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12.  MARY-KATHRYN: Dreams & Visions


2007, Adult album alternative with world beat flavors, Christian thematic

Purchased new from Amazon.com for $18.49

Amazon.com sales rank138,824

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


A gentle yet musically rich album, very well produced, filled with sounds that evoke a sense of world places.


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13.  PLUMB: Chaotic Resolve


2006, Alternative, Christian worldview

Purchased new from Amazon.com for $8.99

Amazon.com sales rank13,306

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes, plus iTunes exclusive remixes of the song “Cut” from this album


As with Plumb’s early albums, this fourth CD continues with themes of darkness in life.  The music is mostly somewhat heavy and somber rock, but there are some other styles.


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15.  DANIELSON FAMILYTell Another Joke At The OI’ Chopping Block


1997, Offbeat alternative, Christian thematic

Purchased new from Amazon.com for $13.48

Amazon.com sales rank151,819

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


My desperation for something completely different finally turned me on to this album I’ve had for years.


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14. t.A.T.u.: веселые улыбки


2008, Electronic pop, Secular

Purchased new from Amazon 3rd party for $19.97

Amazon.com sales rank52,368

MP3 tracks at AmazonYes

Available at iTunes?  Yes


Translated as “Happy Smiles,” the Russian duo t.A.T.u.’s third album is decidedly more electronic than their previous albums, a sound I like very much.  The emotions are more subdued, but still deep.


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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 10, 2010.

ABOUT THE 2009 AWARDS

     I was quite poor in 2009, so I acquired very few CDs.  Of the 15 CDs on this list, 9 of them I got with gift cards given to me.  Four of the CDs on this list I got in 2008; one I even bought in 2006.  I guess it will be like that until richer days.

    But poverty isn’t the only issue.  I had a lot of trouble finding current Christian music that interested me, so I found myself digging into history, thus some albums from the 1990s show up because I just discovered them or got hooked onto them.

    The top 8 albums on this list were significantly stronger than the bottom 7; they were the ones I was really enthusiastic about.

NOTE: ONLY 1st 5 FULL REVIEWS ARE AVAILABLE SO FAR, so 6-15 “read more” links won’t work.

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