200. Brow Beat – Various Artists
BROW BEAT (1993)
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There are only a handful of “Various Artists” releases to make this list as “compilations, like “Best Of” albums are just not original works worthy of consideration. But in those few rare exceptions when a concept creates a project of primarily new and original music, those album are worthy for inclusion
One of the finest and most unique of those type albums is Brow Beat: Unplugged Alternative. A collection of “acoustic” (unplugged) music by the leading voices of christian alternative music at the time. More than just taking a popular tune from each artists catalog the artists recorded brand new music that, in some cases, would end up later on their own projects.
Everyone included is an artist of note and the departure for some int he world of acoustic music made this exercise incredibly compelling. Most notable is Mortals “Bleeder.” A band noted for hard industrial music paring down to acoustic instruments and more stark and human sounding vocals was a revelation.
Some artist found the transition an easy fit as their music translates easily into the genre. The Choir, Michael Knott, The Lost Dogs and Terry Scott Taylor all had shown an adept ability to create incredible acoustic music.
Others made the transition with much more effort and the effort paid off beautifully. Undercover, Adam Again and even Dig Hay Zoose created memorable, unique and compelling acoustic music.
There was a follow up that made the mistake of trying to move into a more “Acoustic Alternative Worship” sound and did not have this albums original, creative passion.