Top 10 Songs You Should Know Playlist: Rizzo Music's Top Ten Songs Of 2006 (Week 11)

It's another Monday and with a newly revamped site, it's time to update the format of our playlists. From now on I will try to make Imeem playlists so that everyone can have easy access to listening to these great songs. Of course, not every song is on Imeem so I have decided to make honorable mentions for those left of the list due to unavailability. Once again, you can add me as a friend on Imeem here if you haven't already. My profile is still a work in progress but it should be done fairly soon. This week's playlist features some of my favorite songs released in 2006. Of course I can't fit all of them on to a 10 song playlist but this selection is more to draw your attention to 10 great albums more than the individual songs released in 2006.

Top 10 Songs You Should Know - Week 11 - Jan. 29-Feb. 4 2007

Honorable mentions include:
"The Guy that Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind" - Griffin House
"With A Bullet" - Sam Roberts
"Running Away" - Lifehouse
"The End of the World" - Gin Blossoms

Thanks again for listening and tune in next week for another great playlist.

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Mat Kearney - Nothing Left to Lose Album Review

Mat is an up and coming artist from Oregon who released his first major label album in early 2006. Nothing Left to Lose, which is also the name of his first single, has done fairly well thus far. He did a summer tour with John Mayer and Sheryl Crow and is currently doing a few shows with fairly big acts like the Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, O.A.R., Sister Hazel, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, and Five for Fighting before he meets up with John Mayer again this winter. His future looks very promising as his fan base is continually growing and his rap style lyrics mesh well with his smooth melodies. I got a chance to see him live in concert about a month ago and he put on a good show. He played all the songs from his new album plus a Johnny Cash song with Griffin House at the end. He sounded exactly the same as he does on the recordings and played both the guitar and piano. In a small venue and Griffin House opening up for him, it was a good time.

I discovered Mat Kearney when I was experiencing insomnia late one night last summer. I flipped on VH1 and Mat Kearney's video for the single "Nothing Left to Lose" was playing. When I first heard his voice it sounded very similar to the Lead Singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin. When I went on to Rhapsody to check out his album, I found that he also did a little rapping in some of his songs. That voice seemed to be very similar to the singer from Fort Minor and Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda. After those connections were made, I began to listen to the album more and more. I listened to the album in its entirety about 5 times the day after seeing the video.

This is one of those great albums that you don't feel the need to skip over some songs and can just listen to the whole thing without feeling anxious about changing the song. I feel like I need to highlight a few of the songs because they should not be overlooked. You can listen to the album in its entirety at at his official website, where there is a player in the top right corner of the page. Besides the obvious pick, "Nothing Left to Lose", the songs, "Undeniable", "Wait", "Bullet", "Girl America", and most recently "Renaissance" are my favorites. "Undeniable" is a great song with rap style verses and a great chorus, the first song of his new album. "Wait" is probably my favorite song off the album, a very mellow song with a great message. "Bullet" has some great lyrics, proclaiming, "It doesn't matter if they call me wrong / Doesn't matter if they steal my song / Doesn't matter if we're all along / It doesn't matter at all / Cause I would take a bullet for you". "Girl America" has a touch of religion embedded in it and carries a good social message. "Renaissance" is a song that grows on me every time I hear it. It is a very powerful song that just continues to build up and has a great chorus.

This is a great album and I highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars, two thumbs up, 10/10, it surely won't disappoint. Thanks for listening, go check it out.

Cutting The Ribbon: Top 10 Songs You Should Know Playlist: Week 1

Now that I have that I have the mission statement out of the way, I figured I would start up the first reoccurring article. This is the first edition to the "Top 10 Songs You Should Know" from some fairly familiar artists but not so familiar songs. Hopefully pretty soon I'll be able to figure out how to link to Itunes or something so you can at least hear a sample of each of these songs because they are pretty good. I hope to release a playlist every Monday but we will see what happens. Most of the stuff that I post will be pretty random and will not have any sort of regularity so just check back often or subscribe to the blog at the top of the page.

Just for a little background, these artists featured on this playlist are all extraordinary and I regularly listen to at least 5 of their songs on a regular basis with the exception of Griffin House, which I recently saw in concert so I can vouch for his talent. Anyways, all of them might not be your style but hopefully at least one will.

Top 10 Songs You Should Know - Week 1 - Nov. 13-19 2006
1. Rosealia - Better Than Ezra
2. The End Of The World - Gin Blossoms
3. The Guy that Says Goodbye to You is Out of His Mind - Griffin House
4. Wait - Mat Kearney
5. Every Little Thing - Dishwalla
6. A Bad Dream - Keane
7. Look After You - The Fray
8. I Believe In You - Big City Rock
9. Overcome - Live
10. Penny Is Poison - The Verve Pipe

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