Verve Label Group / UMG Recordings
Release Date: May 13th 2022
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
Last week, we delved into the first 20 artists we posted about in our blog series, and we briefly checked up on them to see what they’re up to. Now… it’s time to see the next 20 artists. Do you want to know what’s happening to Newsboys, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore or Ed Sheeran?
Hey everyone… guess what! Yep, it’s our third post of the best of 2020 series in one day! Definitely making up for lost time! Last time I wrote about our top 30 music videos of 2020 (January-June) and the time before that I wrote about our top 40 songs of 2020 (January-June). Now it’s time to delve into our top 20 albums of 2020 (January-June). Impacting and inspiring songs are special, but whole album near-masterpieces? They’re even more special! So without further ado, let me present to you all our favourite 20 albums as a site for the past 6 months! So sit back, be inspired, and let these full length projects minister to you during this time of uncertainty!
Hey everyone… guess what! It’s the middle of 2020 already. It’s been such an eventful and crazy year in and of itself- with COVID-19, Black Lives Matter and everything else in between! Amidst the hustle and bustle though… we’ve realised that we have not uploaded one single Best Of 2020 post! I know, it’s unforgiveable really! So let’s not make anymore excuses! Let’s dive back ithrough the past 6 months- as we now let you all know our favourite songs of 2020 thus far. All 40 of them! So sit back, be inspired, and let these songs minister to you during this time of uncertainty!
I think [in] the process of making this record [Silver Landings], something that was important to me was coming to terms with that 15-year old version of Mandy because she still lives in me; I carry her around. She’s kind of the reason I’m here today and still have a semblance of a career. So I’ve made peace with the embarrassment I think I had over the creative choices that I’d made at that point in my life. And I also have an appreciation for the fact that I came out of that — what would have been a pretty tumultuous time as a young person in the pop music scene, thrust in this adult world — I’ve come out the other end kind of a functioning adult. [The line “No regrets, with a few exceptions”] is a bit of cheeky nod, I think, maybe to stuff that is a bit more surface, like some of the fashion choices I made. I’ll still apologize for those; the ’90s were not really kind to me. Considering the fact that we’re going on the road and I want to honour that part of my life and my career — and perhaps people and their nostalgic connection to that time in music, as well — I’ve been revisiting some of [my old music]. I mean, I know that people are coming on the road and want to hear “Candy,” so that’s a no-brainer to me. But listening back to that era of music, there’s definitely some songs that I’m like “Okay, this wasn’t so bad. I’m excited to figure out a new arrangement of this song.” I feel like some of these songs — maybe not all of them — can lend themselves to an acoustic rendition, and I’m excited to see people’s reactions if they come to see us on the road.