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Most Spun 2004: It's revolution, baby.
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MIKERIMMER Journalist and Broadcaster, Cross Rhythms
Impossibly Beautiful - Note For A Child
Note For A Child - Impossibly Beautiful
UK indie duo Daniel Goodman and Susie Beattie have created a debut album of warmth and breadth that is simply the most intricate and creative approach to making music since Iona arrived on the scene. Sounds like Dido meets World Music and they're going to get even better.
Der Kommissar - After The Fire
After The Fire - Der Kommissar
A CBS compilation of the classic British rockers of the '70s and '80s but not necessarily their best stuff. The band reformed in 2004, rekindling my desire to listen to their music. A double CD, stupidly also called Der Kommissar, is due in February featuring all the material from all of their CBS albums plus bonus tracks. The sound of dripping water is me salivating at the prospect! Probably my all-time favorite band.
The Half Chapter - Clarkesville
Clarkesville - The Half Chapter
I know it came out in the summer of 2003 but it spent a great deal of 2004 being played in the Rimmer household. It's a gem, even if it has not sold brilliantly well. Michael Clarke's voice is just great and although the songs are on the melancholic side, this is the sound of hope gently shining through the dark clouds.
Fernando Ortega - Fernando Ortega
Fernando Ortega - Fernando Ortega
His worship albums are okay but this is a superb album that makes me wonder why he isn't a huge mainstream artist. Brilliant songwriting and great production, he's telling stories, sharing insights and here and there making the listener smile. It's the best album he's ever done and deserves to take Fernando into the mainstream.
Love Is - Siani
Siani - Love Is
When it finally arrived, the album didn't disappoint. The female R&B trio proved that British R&B gospel can take on the creativity of our American cousins.

SCOTTBUSH Staff Writer, cMusicWeb.com
Into Motion - Salvador
Salvador - Into Motion
I bought this album because I love listening to Latin music, with its high energy and seemingly endless variety of rhythms and sounds, though I speak only the tiniest bit of Spanish. What I got was a fantastic example of all that I love about this genre, but with English lyrics. The album has tremendous vocals from Nick Gonzales, a wide variety of percussion sounds from Eliot Torres, a great horn section, and lyrics that are open and honest in their adoration for God.
Salvador - Salvador
Salvador - Salvador
What can I say? I'm hooked on Salvador. After buying Into Motion, I was so impressed that I went looking for what else they've done. I got their self-titled debut only a month or so ago but it has been a constant presence in my CD player since then. It has everything I liked about the other disc, but more of it.
Live - Alison Krauss and Union Station
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live
This two-disc set records a 2002 concert at The Louisville Palace in Louisville, KY. I saw a TV special of this performance on CMT one day and was just floored at how tremendously talented these musicians are. Bluegrass requires a mastery of one's instrument far beyond that of other genres. Each individual in AKUS has earned recognition for his/her playing ability (particularly dobro player Jerry Douglas), but each is also accomplished as a vocalist. Consequently, there is richness to the sound of this group that is unmatched in popular music. Add in the range of the group, from traditional bluegrass to contemporary country and pop, and this CD becomes something truly special.
Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
There are an awful lot of groups out there trying to do what LP did right off the bat: revolutionize the industry. There were groups working on rap-rock before LP came along, but none of them did it as well or packaged their product with such a mainstream appeal. Just as Nirvana's Nevermind was the beginning of the grunge revolution, so too is Hybrid Theory the foundation for a whole new generation of artists. The album's angry lyrics perfectly fit the mood of a new group of fans who were tired of the angst of grunge. The best I can say about the project is this: the combination of electronica, rap, and hard rock just sounds right.
Phenomenon - Thousand Foot Krutch
Thousand Foot Krutch - Phenomenon
I grew up listening to hard rock and heavy metal, so I'm always on the lookout for interesting groups in these genres. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find albums that haven't received a parental advisory sticker for one reason or another and I generally try to avoid albums of that nature. Christian acts in these genres tend to sound like cheap knockoffs, so it was to my great surprise to find how much I enjoyed this CD. It as some great guitar work, coupled with lyrics that actually have something to say beyond "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll." Definitely worth taking it for a spin.

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