The DMN Offers Up It's Year-End List--And, Yep, It's A Doozy.
So maybe it isn't surprising, then, that it's Tarradell, whose expertise seems to run specifically in the country, Tejano and Christian music realms, who provides the paper's definitive year-end top albums and concerts list this morning.
Of course, unfortunate layoffs and all, it's still a little surprising (and unsettling?) to see a secular newspaper list Christian rock act Third Day's 2008 efforts as both the No. 1 album of the year (for Revelation, of course) and the No. 2 concert of the year, no? Not at all surprisingly, Christian web sites this morning are already praising Tarradell's choice (pun definitely intended), but I don't get it--or any of the other selections on his list, really.
Admittedly, I haven't listened to the much-beloved Jamey Johnson record that Tarradell lists at No. 8 yet, but the rest of it is kinda mind-boggling--and a little out of touch, maybe? I'll vouch for old-timers AC/DC (No. 7), Metallica (No. 6) and Al Green's (No. 10) discs as being solid releases--but I wouldn't really put 'em anywhere near my top 10 (which, yes, I'll post sometime later this week on DC9).
And the rest of the list? Well, it largely reads like a country/Christian/Tejano music writer trying to pretend as if those genres put out the best records '08 saw--a sentiment I doubt many would agree with.
Not trying to knock Tarradell here, really--hell, he's carrying three loads at the moment, and that can't be easy. More than anything, consider this a knock on the DMN parent company Belo for leaving its staff in this position. --Pete Freedman