Daily Planet
Reunion Records

On the more raucous side of my list, Daily Planet's debut is sure to gain them huge popularity. With a classic-rock sound mixed with some funk, this high-energy all-male band appeals to the Christian as well as the mainstream market all the while maintaining their faithfulness to Christ in their lyrics. After meeting these guys in person, I'm convinced this band is definitely into "guy" things. From the name of their band, Daily Planet (the newspaper Clark Kent works for), to their overall love for all comics, to the hard but rhythmic beats on their album, this group definitely sounds like guys having a good time jamming away. But the CD is sure to win over many female listeners as well, as it did me.
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Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble

Elevate / Inpop Records

Okay, I'll admit it, I love to go to spas! But I don't always enjoy the new-agey music most spas play to relax you. That's why I love Rivertribe – my most unusual pick for my top 12. Its ethereal, instrumental worship music relaxes me with or without aromatherapy, and most of the songs contain recognizable praise melodies so I know the music is glorifying our Living God and not New Age mysticism. With everything from bagpipes to Native American flutes, unique drums, and even bird sounds, this album is the perfect backdrop for relaxation. So next time I'm ready for a restful night of magazine reading, a bubble bath, and candles, Rivertribe will be in my CD player!
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The Eleventh Hour

Jars of Clay
Essential Records

Similar to the earthy alternative-pop sound that's won them widespread popularity on their previous recordings, Jars of Clay has hit ...

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