RARB Picks of the Decade (2000-2009)

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RARB Picks of the Decade (2000-2009)

Postby bstevens » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:24 pm



The Recorded A Cappella Review Board Announces its Picks of the Decade (2000-2009).

March 8, 2010 - USA - For the first time ever, the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) has named its Picks of the Decade (2000-2009), selected by current and former reviewers.

RARB is the independent album-reviewing organization for the voice-only musical format. The organization has published over 950 reviews since its formation in 1993.

"RARB is the preeminent source of a cappella reviews in the world. RARB scores and Picks of the Year can make the difference between an album that goes unnoticed and a top seller. Many groups consider a rave review from RARB to be the pinnacle of modern a cappella success."-Morgan from Duwende

"It's always an honor to be singled out and appreciated for what you do-it's a refreshing thing even 26 years into a career of doing it! Being one of the Picks of the Year of an organization devoted to the genre in which you work is a huge compliment."-The Bobs

"RARB reviewers have to review whatever gets sent to them, but having a reviewer specifically select our album out of all the albums that year was a great honor!"-Freddie Feldman, Vocomotion

"Sending our albums to be reviewed by RARB has become a must-do for Rajaton. It is always very interesting to see what people who know a cappella have to say about our music and the production. Also, coming from Europe, we are curious to hear what American reviewers think. The RARB reviews are an extremely important tool, not only for artists to get feedback but also for the whole a cappella community to find new, interesting groups to check out."-Jussi Chydenius, Rajaton

"RARB is one of the most important non-profits in the vocal music world."-Deke Sharon, TotalVocal, CASA, CAP, The House Jacks, Vybration

"Just as the groups themselves wait with anticipation and anxiety for their RARB Reviews to come out, we producers (who have already been through the process hundreds of times) also feel the same way, wondering how our part of the work will be evaluated and weighed by the reviewers. RARB is basically the "Rolling Stone" of our industry/community, so reviews are read with great interest. Having our work represented in the Picks of the Year list is a great feather in the cap, something to brag about on our web pages, and ultimately can bring us more business from other groups who long to be a "POTY" themselves!"-Bill Hare

The Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) is an unfunded, volunteer organization comprised of current and former a cappella singers, producers, sound engineers, and fans. To be eligible for review, an album must have been recorded in the past year and must be available to the public. Three reviewers devote hours listening to each album. Reviewers provide a written overall impression of the album and rate the album several musical categories. They also rate each individual song.

RARB was created in 1993 to offer independent feedback on a cappella albums to recording groups and fans. Since its creation, RARB has published reviews of over 950 a cappella albums. RARB supports an active forum where 1,400 users have discussed a cappella in 33,000 posts since October, 2002 (http://www.rarb.org/forum/). RARB offers Atom feeds and email notifications of new and recent reviews and reviews of specific groups. More information is available at www.rarb.org.

To submit your album for review or to apply to become an album reviewer, please contact:
Ben Stevens, RARB Coordinator

Publishing and website questions, please contact:
Seth Golub, Publisher

Questions on RARB's editorial guidelines, please contact:
Dave Trendler, Senior Editor

Benjamin Stevens

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Postby whataboutrob » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:18 pm

Solid list.

But I have to ask: no love for Route 6?
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Postby s.phypers » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:17 am

I can't get the link to work - is it broken?

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Postby colton » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:36 am

pbshanner07 wrote:I can't get the link to work - is it broken?

Works for me. It takes you to here:
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Postby aekoutzoukis » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:58 am

first of all, congratulations to all the groups/albums chosen!

second: wow. on behalf of all bubs past and present, i'd like to say thanks to everyone involved in the discussion and selection of the picks. this is an incredible honor for us and all the other groups.

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Postby ceegers » Tue May 11, 2010 1:14 pm

Just bought the 5 albums that are on itunes... and already have the bubs albums...
4 of the remaining albums I have windows open so that I might purchase them... we'll see, considering the more expensive prices... not so sure about $28 for Maa...

But is Duwende just not available anywhere anymore? :(

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Postby davecharliebrown » Tue May 11, 2010 4:23 pm

Their website says it's out of print.


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