Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings of 2014: Part One

Overdoing it? Yes. As long as War & Peace? Yes. But here it comes anyway: The list of my favorite recordings of 2014.I look forward to this every year. I started making "Favorite Music of the Year" lists when I was about 12 years old. I never dreamed that I would still be making those lists three decades later. And I certainly never dreamed that I'd be publishing them, or that I'd be reviewing music (or movies, for that matter) for responsive readers.But here I am, at my favorite c … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings: 2013 — Part Two (#10-#1)

A few days ago, I posted Part One of my "sonic slideshow" — a journey through my favorite records of 2013. That post included a bunch of Honorable Mentions, and then the albums that run from #25 through #11 on my list.Now it's time to explore the Top Ten. So put on your headphones, and keep an open mind. And when you're ready, post your own list of favorites in the Comments, so we can continue exploring... … [Read more...]

Overstreet’s Favorite Recordings: 2012

Happy New Year!I'd invite you all to a New Year's Eve Listening Party, but there are just too many of you, and frankly... I'm tired. I need to sit quietly with Anne, listen to some music that will instill in us a sense of gratitude, and help us lean forward into all of the changes God will bring in 2013. (Anne and I are hoping for some big changes. It feels like it's time to step through a door and begin some new chapter of our adventure together.)Anyway, since I can't invite you all to … [Read more...]

Looking Closer’s Favorite Recordings of 2009

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3C7d6hnwkM … [Read more...]

Browser: Melody. Cylons. Vampires. Favorite Albums. Migraines. Radiohead. David Bazan. U2.

Suzanne Vega answers the question, "What's a melody for?" And I rise to my feet to applaud.2. The original Starbuck hates the new Battlestar Galactica, and has interesting reasons. But Jason Morehead is brave enough to stand up and fight him like a man. Or a Cylon. You decide.3. My all-time favorite vampire movie is coming out on DVD this week. Read my reflection on the film here.4.NPR's All Songs Considered already rates 2009 as a better year for music than 2008. What about … [Read more...]

Ten Favorite Albums of 2005

Here are the records that I've put on and kept on, over and over, this last year. … [Read more...]

Generation-defining Albums: What’s On the List?

A few posts ago, I asked what films could be characterized as "generation-defining" ... like Star Wars, The Matrix, and perhaps now, Napoleon Dynamite.After chatting with my longtime friend Gary Scott (church elder, moviegoer, frequent commentor) and new friend Luke Brodine (musician, ministry pioneer, U2 fan) at church, it was clear that I had to come back and expand the question.What albums would you consider "generation-defining"? … [Read more...]

My Favorite Albums of 2004

Here are my favorite albums of 2004. … [Read more...]