(Album Highlights - Charlie Brown, Princess of China, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall) 

 

Stephen Sanders
A/V Editor-Salem Web Network

 
#5: Gungor-Ghosts Upon The Earth: If you were like me and didn't value the commercial success of their Grammy Award Nominated album, "Beautiful Things", then you should at least give this one a try. It's much less radio-friendly and much more experimental. They come across more like an indie band than a contemporary Christian act…definitely worth checking out.


#4: August Burns Red-Leveler:
So much hardcore/metal stuff these days is more about the egos than it is about the music. These guys have basically been dominating this scene since their first release in 2005. The riffs on "Leveler" are more of what you've grown to know and love about the band. The lyrics on are edgy, convicting and sometimes even a bit worshipful.

 
#3: Burlap to Cashmere-Burlap to Cashmere: Unlike a lot of people, I was unfamiliar with this band prior to sampling this album. It's the kind of timeless album that, like their earlier stuff, you'll be able to listen to 10 years from now and appreciate just as much…a great album to toss in on a road trip.


#2: Foo Fighters-Wasting Light:
If you are a Foo Fighters fan like I am, then you probably bought this album the 1st week it came out. "Wasting Light" is the first album from the band to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. It still remains on that list almost 40 weeks later.

 
#1: MuteMath-Odd Soul: If we could journey back to the early 70's and pile Stevie Wonder, Steve Miller Band and The Jimi Hendrix Experience into a big recording studio and create one epic album, it would sound a lot like this. It's the most impressive thing I've heard in a very long time…and I'm very, very, very hard to impress.
  


Honorable Mentions:

Radiohead-King of Limbs
Switchfoot-Vice Verses
Wye Oak-Civilian 

 

Stephen McGarvey
Executive Editor - Salem Web Network

Top 10 Albums:

   

1) The Decemberists: The King is Dead
Best song "Down By the Water"  

2) Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto
Best song "Charlie Brown"  

3) 3 Doors Down: Time of My Life
Best song "Every Time You Go"  

4) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Best song "Dream On"