Artists and Bands

A Year in Review – RRR Staff Weigh In On Their Top Picks of ’09 – Part 1

grammyThe end of the year usually means three things: resolutions, new challenges and opportunities and, of course, lists! Flipping through a music magazine (whether online or in print) at this time of year and not finding a list of the Top 5 This and Top 10 That is pretty much impossible.

So, we here at RRR decided to jump on the bandwagon (after all, we like to give the people what they want!) and bring you the best of the best from the music of ’09, with a twist. Rather than asking staff to fight it out and put together one sole comprehensive list, we decided we’d let everyone sift through the gems (as well as all those painful albums that made you cringe and think “What in the world were they on?”) and put together their own individual Tops.

But before we begin I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year (even though I’m a bit late) and thank you all for making RRR a regular part of your musical intake. (Please don’t leave us in 2010, we love you!)

In Part 1 you’ll find:
1) Top 10 Albums – Stefany Mohebban
2) Top 10 Albums – Bill Sullivan
3) Top 10 Albums (Rock & Metal) – Jon Asher
4) Top 20 Albums (Power Pop) – Aaron Kupferberg

Reviews and Suggestions

CD Review: Bobby Emmett “Learning Love”

bobby emmett webDiscovering great discs like the new one from Bobby Emmett (formerly of The Sights) helps to remind me why I started this blog in the first place. I am panning for gold when listening to the stacks of CDs piled up on my desk and when I heard the first couple notes off “Learning Love” I knew I hit pay dirt.

Bobby Emmett, a Detroit native who also plays in Shooter Jenning‘s band, has delivered a treasure trove of power pop goodies on “Learning Love”. Not surprisingly, an album with a title such as this is a meditation on the pros and cons of being in love, but it doesn’t come off as simplistic or sappy at all. What really stands out are the catchy melodies and memorable riffs – and “Learning Love” has more than its fair share. Highlights include the crunchy opener “Queen of Hearts”, the crowd pleasing “Still Wanna Be With You” (complete with some retro surf guitar), and “Moving Ahn”, which brilliantly shifts between psychedelic verses and a juicy pop rock chorus.