Music Box Report Card: 2012’s Baker’s Dozen vs. Dirty Dozen

Without much commentary (these aren't full reviews, after all, rather succinct/impetuous - depending on who you ask - musings), I'm always loathe to list my favorites in any particular order - I've lived with each of these albums more than any other throughout the year, so it's hard to commit to such a limited inventory. … Continue reading Music Box Report Card: 2012’s Baker’s Dozen vs. Dirty Dozen

Music Box Report Card: Baker’s Dozen 2010 – The Beauties (…and the Beasts…)

When it comes to music - as well as other art forms - I often depend on trusted sources to enlighten me. Friends, of course, are key. I'll also spelunk the internet, read music journalists I admire, and even browse iTunes - all to turn me on to something new and exciting. The fact that … Continue reading Music Box Report Card: Baker’s Dozen 2010 – The Beauties (…and the Beasts…)

Music Box Report Card: 2009 ~ La Belle…et La Betes…

Hasn't been a stellar year for CDs. Well, rather than blame the output, I'll blame myself.  It hasn't been a year I've spent hunting or gathering or submerging myself in new music. Whereas, in any given year, I'd hear hundreds of new releases, I've barely reached the one hundred mark in 2009.  And the copious amount of … Continue reading Music Box Report Card: 2009 ~ La Belle…et La Betes…

Music Box Report Card: The Worst Albums of 2005

Last week I posted my favorite CDs of 2005. And while it’s a hard task (I mean, who wants to intentionally revisit painful memories?), here are the worst musical experiences of my 2005. 1 IL DIVO Il Divo So, Simon Cowell searches the globe for the best opera singers he could find and all we … Continue reading Music Box Report Card: The Worst Albums of 2005