Kevin Max – Broken Temples (Album Review)

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Kevin Max former DCTalk member and former Audio Adrenaline singer has come out with his 10thstudio solo album. Kevin is a very creative guy, not only does he write music but he also writes poetry and books. But we are here to talk about his newest music album. In 2012 Audio A came back together with Kevin Max fronting the band. After the first album with Max “Kings and Queens” Audio A management wanted the band to be more of a worship band rather then what they were, a rock and roll Christian band. Kevin didn’t feel that, that’s where he was supposed to be so he went solo once again.

Broken Temples” is the name of his new album, as you seen in the album cover I think that’s Morris Code. This album features songs that Kevin was writing while still in Audio A. In past albums Kevin Max has written things that were sort of dark and mysterious, this album doesn’t really live up to that. It is more about his journey in his faith and walk with Jesus Christ. I think it is a great album, I have always liked Kevin’s voice, and it has always been so smooth and soothing if you will. It’s music to my ears. I think God knew what he was doing when he created Kevin Max. Well let’s get right into the music and go track by track.

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Jeremy Camp – I Will Follow (Album Review)

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I Will Follow is three time American Music Award and oneGRAMMY nominated artist Jeremy Camp’s eighth studio album. Jeremy has been writing and recording for 12 years now, he has sold four million albums, four of his albums went RIAA Gold and he has one Multi-platinum DVD. He has been on more than 25 tours in the U.S. and has played in more than 32 countries.

Recently over the past year a door was opened with Capitol CMG and Jeremy decided to go all in and put his full effort into this album. I think it is a great album and that Jeremy Camp has down a great job on this album.

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My Top 7 Albums of 2014

As you may know, I have a decently eclectic taste in music. I enjoy pop, some rock, rap, and the “typical” music that most people seem to listen to. Often, however, you’ll hear me listening to techno, a capella or pure instrumentals. It’s really a toss up. With that being said, here are my top 7 albums of the year. Like last year, I chose 7 because I once again found 5 to be too few, but 10 included too many albums given what I listened to this year. Without further ado, here are my favorite 2014 albums in no particular order!

Ultraviolet – Owl Cityhttps://i0.wp.com/www.altpress.com/images/uploads/news/owlcity-ultraviolet.jpg

Mystical. Haunting. Dark. Mysterious. Exciting. Adventurous. Chilling. Interesting. Encouraging. All of these are words that accurately describe Owl City’s new EP: Ultraviolet. Although the EP only contains 4 tracks, this may be the best piece of work that Adam Young has ever released, in my opinion. In a mere 4 songs, he manages to spark imagination, create welling emotions of happiness, sadness, heartbreak, and joy, and most of all, he makes the experience a good ride that feels like a complete, cohesive project.

Above is an excerpt from my review of Ultraviolet; you can read the full review here.

Xscape – Michael Jacksonhttps://i1.wp.com/hiphop-n-more.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/xscape-deluxe.jpg

Xscape is a great release whether you’ve listened to Michael Jackson before or not. If you enjoy Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Royal Tailor, or Justin Timberlake, you’ll probably enjoy Xscape as well. After all, Michael Jackson was a big influence for each of the artists mentioned, and by listening to Xscape, you can definitely hear why, and you can see how Michael truly changed the face of music.

This is an excerpt from my review of Xscape. You can read it in full here, if you’d like.

G I R L – Pharrell Williamshttps://i0.wp.com/tinmanlondon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/pharrell-girl-album.jpg

Pharrell’s album has a sort of throwback vibe to it; I’m getting the sounds of the 1970’s and ’80’s that are blended with the sounds of the modern era. I’m hearing the same tone of electric guitar on Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae” as I hear in the Bee Gee’s “Jive Talking.” Hand claps, stomps, and trumpets mix with bass beats and computer generated sounds. The blend is refreshing, much like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was for me last year.

That’s an excerpt from my G I R L review, which you can read here.

Anchor – Colton Dixon

Anchor is truly an impressive masterpiece, from the lyrics of action, encouragement, and faith, to the incredible range of sounds displayed on the tracks. This is not an album to be missed, and I can guarantee that you’ll want to see and hear these ones performed live…

This quote is an excerpt from my Anchor review, which you can read here.

Yes! – Jason Mrazhttps://i2.wp.com/www.ihits-music.com/ihits/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Jason-Mraz-Yes-1000x1000.jpg

Yes! took me a lot longer to warm up to as compared to some of Jason’s other works, but this album is a great one. It carries a very understated, acoustic tone; far more so than any of his other albums to date. Yes! is smooth, easy to listen to, and peaceful. It is peppy when it needs to be, but it slows things down to draw emotions when necessary. This album shouldn’t be missed.

This Changes Everything – Northern WonderThis Changes Everything (feat. Shawn Chrystopher)

Here’s a little indie release for you. Northern Wonder is a one man techno band in the vein of Owl City, and it is very clear that is where Northern Wonder’s inspiration comes from. This 4 track EP features Christian themes and infections tunes. It is a strong debut release for the artist, and I can’t wait to see what else he can create in the months and years to come.

That’s Christmas to Me – Pentatonix

Pentatonix has released two works this year: PTX Vol. III, a 7-track EP, and That’s Christmas to Me, a full length Christmas album. It mixes Christmas classics with original songs and throws in a heavy dose of Pentatonix’ trademark magic. Each track https://i0.wp.com/www.sonymusic.nl/files/2014/09/Pentatonix-Thats-Christmas-to-Me.jpgfeels familiar yet new, and each one is a joy to listen to. It will go down in history as a classic album; that much is certain.

Honorable Mentions:

Shatter Me – Lindsey Stirling
Although Stirling has put out some standout singles this year (including “Shatter Me” and “Dragon Age”), the full album just doesn’t feel unique enough to make one of this year’s top spots.

Crimson Cord – Propaganda
As always, Propaganda makes listeners do some heavy thinking as he hits them with tough subjects in his raps. However, for several tracks on the album, the central issue concerns racism and the struggles that come with being black. It makes it difficult for somebody who isn’t black to be able to relate to a lot of tracks, although there are some standouts (“Bored of Education” and “Crimson Cord”)

PTX Vol. III
I love Pentatonix, and this EP is solid. However, it lacks some of the originality in the vocal arrangements as compared to their other works. Nonetheless, original tracks on the EP, such as “On My Way Home” and “See Through” are among the best they’ve ever done.

Well, that wraps it up for this year! It’s been an interesting year for music, and although you won’t find a lot of top-sellers on my list, these are the ones that I think really show the diversity and excellence in music. Just because a lot of these aren’t popular albums doesn’t mean that they’re bad. In fact, they put most others to shame.

Thoughts? Which albums or EPs do you think should have made the list?

Thanks For Reading
Matt

PTX, Vol. III Review-Pentatonix

Pentatonix is an interesting group with an amazing sound. Consisting of 4 guys and a girl, this a capella group takes on songs that one might never imagine could be performed without instruments while sounding better than the originals. Truly, this group has amazing talent, and their newest outing confirms this. PTX, Vol. III, the 7 track offering that released on September 23rd, is filled with beautiful arrangements, wonderful covers of popular songs, original tracks, great harmonies, and a surprise appearance by Lindsey Stirling. Read on for the track by track rundown of PTX, Vol. III.

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Disciple “Attack” (Album Review)

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Disciple a Christian rock band from Tennessee is coming out with their 10th studio album on September 23rd. The band consists of Kevin Young, Josiah Price (Philmont), Andrew Stanton (I Am Empire), Jason Wilkeys (High Flight Society) and Joey West (After Edmund). Their upcoming album “Attack” is produced by Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Pillar, TobyMac) who produced the first 7 Disciple records. This is the band’s first crowd-funded album. Disciple has played thousands of shows worldwide, headlined tours since the 90’s, they have 14 No. 1 singles and have sold hundreds of thousands of records. The band have received multiple Dove Awards and nominations, have had their music featured on ESPN, WWE, Fox Sports, as well as commercials for CBS’ CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds, etc.

Let’s talk about “Attack.” The upcoming album features songs like “Lion,” “Dead Militia” and “Angels And Demons,” as well as the albums lead single, “Radical,” among others. I think this is pretty much just like any Disciple album, awesome! I would go track by track on this album but i feel like you just need to listen to it when it comes out and create your own thoughts on the album.

Please listen to it and put your thoughts down below in the comments.

John Stuart

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Thousand Foot Krutch – Oxygen Inhale (Album Review)

 

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Thousand Foot Krutch is coming out with their 9th album on August 26th. The Dove Award Nominated band comes out with their 2ndindependent album, raising money with Pledge Music from their fans. TFK’s single “Light Up The Sky” was featured on EA Sports NHL in 2013, also on ESPN in 2012 along with the song “Let The Sparks Fly” which was also featured on NASCAR in 2012. The band has been nominated for a lot of different things on GMA, Dove Award and Juno Award. They have also been featured on several other things, including, NFL Super Bowl, GI Joe, ESPN, NASCAR etc. TFK has over 1 million Facebook fans, over 96,000 Twitter followers and on their music video “War of Change” over 3.5 million views. That’s impressive.

Now let’s talk about their upcoming album Oxygen: Inhale! I think this album is a lot different than their last album “The End is Where We Begin” that came out in 2012. It has kind of a Linkin Park feel to it. I must say that Trevor McNevan’s voice has gotten a lot rougher over the years. Now whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’ll let you decide when you buy the album. This album is a step in a direction. A direction different then their last album, a good step let me just add. I think this album has a lot of songs that could become anthems, and with that said let’s look at each track.

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Album Review: Anchor-Colton Dixon

American Idol has an interesting track record with contestants. In recent years, few have gone on to become successful artists, but Season 10 remains a shining point of this decade. Both Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon have gone on to become upcoming household names in their respective genres. This week, Colton Dixon released his sophomore album, Anchor, and it is with much joy that I say it is a huge improvement over the already solid A Messenger, his debut effort. Let’s take a look at Anchor in a little more detail, as I show you why it is one of my absolute favorite works of 2014, and possibly one of my favorites of all Christian albums I’ve ever listened to.

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