Top Album of the Week
Shawn McDonald – Live in Seattle
One review said that Shawn McDonald has injected a fresh new sound and style into Christian music, similar to the effect Gavin DeGraw had on secular music. Since I like both artists, I couldn’t agree more. I’ve seen Shawn in concert and it’s where he’s best. This album recognizes his strength in performing and delivers on every track. Even though most of the songs are on his debut album, they have the heart, soul and grit that you just can’t get on a studio track. The instrumental accompanyment and female vocal complete Live In Seattle. Kudos to SPARROW records for investing in the project and kudos to Shawn for continuing to push the norms of the often drab, cookie-cutter Christian music genre.
Top Single of the Week
Michael Buble (boo-blay) – Home
Off his latest release, It’s Time, it’s good to hear Michael mix the old and the new. He sings some classics as well as writing new material. He’s one of the top “crooners” of our time. I never thought we’d hear someone like him with the passing of some of the greats before him.
Most Under Rated Album
Sister Hazel – Lift
Most people scoff, giggle and roll their eyes when you say Sister Hazel. But four albums later and they still have a large following. Sample their latest offering, Lift, and its chalked full of music that you can play at work, in the car, in front of a computer, on a run and everywhere in between. The original Sister Hazel used a recipe that made their music both infectious and different. The current Sister Hazel proves they didn’t need to change a great thing. Unique, warm vocals….beautiful lyrics…nothing but pure, Sister, Hazel.