Thousand Foot Krutch shows admirable ambition on Welcome to the Masquerade, deftly juggling metal, pop, rap and post-grunge. The trio mostly succeeds in making it all appealing, and the album’s sound is ultimately more inventive than derivative—this is not just another mainstream-aping Christian rock band.
It’s been some time since I donned my best professional earbuds to focus on a question of audio fidelity. But the band in question is the Beatles and the discs part of an ambitious remastering of the band’s catalog.
Mendelssohn: Church Music (Vol. 8)
Stuttgart Chamber Choir, German Chamber Philharmonic, Frieder Bernius
the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
Handel: Coronation Anthems and other selections
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers
Haydn: The Creation
RIAS Chamber Choir, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, René Jacobs
Faure: Requiem/Cantique de Jean Racine
Accentus Chamber Choir, French National Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey
The Sacred Flame: Choral Works by Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Palestrina, Bach and others
Here are choral works by a teenaged Felix Mendelssohn, including large-scale settings of the Magnificat and Gloria, along with some shorter works. The influences of Bach and Haydn are evident in the early work of the composer, who would go on to write Elijah and St. Paul.
Curse Your Branches
Monsters of Folk
Monsters of Folk
Yonder Is the Clock
the Felice Brothers
Together Through Life
Come O Spirit! Anthology of Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Vol. 1)
Dave Bazan, Curse Your Branches. Bazan’s confessional songwriting is dark and intense, but his impeccable craft makes it a pleasure. Bazan has put out album after album (many as Pedro the Lion) of precisely described internal turmoil set to spare rock and roll—with delectable pop hooks, here more confident and lilting than ever.
Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition