#12
CeCe Winans

CeCe Winans
Wellspring / Sparrow

I love that this industry veteran has reinvented herself, showcasing her funkier side yet remaining true to all we've grown to love about CeCe and her family's musical legacy (read: amazing vocals and rock-solid faith). Along with her signature sweeping ballads, complemented by lush orchestrations, you'll hear some great car jamming songs, including "Out My House," a total dance hit about spiritual warfare co-written by CeCe herself. On this aptly self-titled album, I think CeCe's really come into her own as a solo artist.

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#11
In the Company of Angels

Caedmon's Call
Essential

During a year full of worship releases, Caedmon's Call's latest offering rises to the top. Instead of covering the latest contemporary worship favorites or forcing worship into an ill-fitting sound (as several artists did this year), this multi-talented group expanded our thinking about what constitutes worship by combining the best elements of praise songs old and new. There are a few old hymns with contemporary yet reverent makeovers and new worship songs that offer depth and poetic lyrics instead of simple repetitive choruses (which, don't get me wrong, also have their place). And all that's old on this album is made new with Caedmon's Call's signature modern acoustic folk-pop sound.

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#10
Conversations

Sara Groves
INO

I can't think of a better title for this album full of conversational musings about life. Not only can I picture Sara performing these modern folk songs in a coffee shop, I can also picture her saying these lyrics to me over coffee as together we grapple with straining to hear God' s voice, recognizing the infallability of ...

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