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Our annual best albums list includes the usual mix of clearly Christian and "secular" music. The loosely defined criteria for making the cut is essentially this: The album should indicate some sort of spiritual search, a quest for life's ...

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Joe Martin

January 08, 2013  9:15pm

Bob Dylan... really? Springsteen's "The Wrecking Ball"?! LOL. So warmed over and self-consciously aware I think your critic ought to guest spot on "Gossip Girl." Sad. Just like the mainline churches, CT is letting its leaders--in this case reviewers--take it away from its member or reader base in a stalled effort to be critically avant garde. An amazingly disappointing list. And while I am personally a fan of Vito Auito, "The Welcome Wagon" as counting in a Top Ten list? Sheesh. The salt in the wound is making a musical Rob Bell get to top honors. People say Evangelicalism is dying. I doubt it. But CT certainly will as it continues this trend. For Christian readers, the music reviews in WORLD have long since become more relevant. CT, PLEASE get yourself new reviewers that belong on your site, not PATROLs.

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Eric Tavares Stocchero

December 25, 2012  6:46am

I agree with Tom. Really, for almost ten years I've been reading CT and it has changed a lot!! The small articles about "Glimpses of God" are now the most part of this magazine. If someone wants to look reviews for secular music they will search it at secular magazines. I am not against secular music, I listen to it, but most songs I hear are christian, I'm a christian musician and I hope that the christian music don't lose space at their own publications... Please don't take me wrong, if I'm saying this it's because I care for this magazine that has helped me along the years, since I was converted to Jesus.

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Tom Richards

December 24, 2012  11:07pm

This is quite a pendulum swing. At one point this magazine seemed to be the mouthpiece for the CCM industry, now it seems that you have given up on any attempt to distinguish music that is any sense 'Christian.' Your criteria now is down to 'some sort of spiritual search,' which conveniently allows for the inclusion of any musician who is cool or respected. It was pointless to try to label music as 'Christian,' and the industry looked like fools deciding who or what was eligible for a 'Dove award.' At the same time, I do appreciate artists who are willing to confess out loud that they are followers of Christ, especially as it sets one up for all kinds of criticism no matter what one's music and lyrics are. I have been a fan of both Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt for decades, but I am not aware that either of them has ever claimed to have any faith in Jesus. Is there a place left to evaluate music by artists who will confess that they are attempting to follow Jesus?

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