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: The Elms “The Great American Midrange”

tgam_coverThe Elms, one of Indiana’s hottest melodic rock bands, are back with their fourth album, “The Great American Midrange”. I have been a big fan of The Elms since I heard their debut EP in 2000, but they worried me a bit with the uneven “Chess Hotel” (their 2006 major label debut). I am happy and relieved to inform you that “The Great American Midrange” is a brilliant return to form.

I thought it would be appropriate to listen to the new record while driving through their hometown of Seymour, Indiana, while on my way to The Horseshoe Casino to play some poker. I don’t think a better soundtrack for such a trip could have been crafted. With titles like “Country Fair” and “Back To Indiana”, and a strong roots rock sound, the record just screams ‘rock from the heartland’. The ballads can make you feel like you’re on your back in a golden field, staring at that big open sky on a lazy afternoon…but without missing a beat they can rock it like a twister. The Elms have attracted some big names to perfect the sonic quality of “The Great American Midrange”: the record was mixed by Adam Kasper (Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Rolling Stones, U2, R.E.M., many more).