10. dry the river - weights and measures
its just so different, its good. its like bon iver, will oldham, and arcade fire were thrown into a test tube, and out came dry the river. it’s a really interesting mix of folk/bombastic rock/falsetto harmonies that for some reason works fairly well. they’re like the killers if the killers were cool.
9. judah & the lion - first fruits
a great bluegrass worship album. if you’re tired of traditional worship songs, pop this on your ipod and enjoy banjo filled worship. lyrically it’s not the most profound, but they’re doing something musically that’s more interesting than most bands that it’s worth a buy.
8. gungor - a creation liturgy
what makes gungor so great, is fully on display in this live album. while most live christian albums are recorded in massive stadiums with thousands of voices singing along, this sounds like it was recorded at a local bar. you can hear people talking, bottles clinking, and of course people worshiping along. it mostly combines songs recorded from their previous two efforts, with some adjustments in arrangements. the energy and passion is palpable, and the musicianship is phenomenal, especially for a live outfit. gungor is a great band, and if this recording is any indication, a great live act. dont miss out!