I enjoy music in a variety of genres, from worship, Contemporary Christian, Christian rap/hip-hop, pop, rock, classic rock, etc. Here are 12 new albums released this fall, plus a bonus 2022 release, that I’m looking forward to, and perhaps you might be as well.
Worship Forever – Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith has re-recorded his #1 best-selling album Worship, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the album’s release. Worship Forever reimagines the album from start to finish with a full symphony orchestra. The album was recorded in front of a live audience at Allen Arena in Nashville on July 12. Special guests include Amy Grant, Matt Redman and Tauren Wells. Here’s my review.
Almost Home – Matt Boswell and Matt Papa
The first album by Matt Boswell and Matt Papa, His Mercy Is More: The Hymns Of Matt Boswell And Matt Papa was my top album of 2019. The title song was released in July, and the new album was premiered at the Sing! Global2021 Conference in Nashville. This is my top album of the year thus far. Here’s my review.
Springtime in New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 / 1980-1985 – Bob Dylan
The latest chapter in Bob Dylan’s excellent Bootleg Series features 54 previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more from his 1980-1985 albums Shot of Love, Infidels and Empire Burlesque. The project will come in a variety of formats. Dylan’s Christian fans will find the songs from Shot of Love of particular interest.
I enjoy music in a number of genres. There are several new and upcoming releases of interest. Here they are:
Milk & Honey – Crowder
Milk & Honey is Crowder’s fourth studio album, and his follow-up to 2018’s I Know a Ghost. Crowder has written that the title Milk & Honey is about promise. The album is a celebration of the future we are marching towards together and a prayer that each of us can live in this promise in the here and now. It features a variety of musical genres, though less of the swamp rock and bluegrass that his previous albums have included. Several of the songs are about Jesus and will soon find themselves into worship services. This is one of my top albums of 2020 thus far. Continue reading →
Let There Be Wonder is worship leader, singer/songwriter Matt Redman’s fourteenth album, and first since 2017’s Glory Song. Redman has given us worship classics like “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” “The Heart of Worship” and “Blessed Be Your Name”. The new album was produced by Jacob Sooter and Joshua Silverberg, and was recorded live in front of more than 1,000 people at a California church. Redman wrote all of the songs with a variety of collaborators. This is the first really good album that I’ve heard of 2020, and is sure to make it onto my “Favorites” list for the year.