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Life is Beautiful (Fair Trade) FOR FANS OF: Tenth Avenue North, Building 429 QQQQ
From their label debut I Wish We All Could Win to their latest Life
is Beautiful, The Afters have proven themselves masters of meaningful pop. The band’s first LP in three years is filled with radio-ready anthems that celebrate the human experience like “Every Good Thing” and “Moments Like This” alongside tender, hope-filled ballads like “Broken Hallelujah.”
WE LIKE: “Broken Hallelujah”
Time For The Show
(Reunion Records) FOR FANS OF: Mandisa, Kelly Clarkson QQQ
From the single, “Finally Home” to the Katy Perry-esque, “Masterpiece,” it’s
clear that Kerrie Roberts has done nothing but grow in the time since her debut release. Her voice has increased in strength and tone and it blends nicely with the upbeat arrangements and simple ballads.
Anthems of a Champion
(Sparrow Records) FOR FANS OF: Tom Jones, Kirk Franklin, early DC Talk, Bill Gaither QQQ
Stadium-filling pioneer Carman scores a new single disc hits set
highlighting his vast history, alongside the brand new patriotic ballad, “The Flag.” Christian music’s ultimate chameleon always comes across as a bold champion for the gospel.
WE LIKE: “Great God”
how mercy Looks From here (EMI) FOR FANS OF: Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss QQQQQ
On her first full-length album in ten years, Amy Grant more than makes up for lost time
telling several reflective, contem- plative and wisdom-filled tales (many inspired by the passing of her dear mother). The revered vet- eran is also at yet another creative peak punctuated by authentic vocal delivery, understated but sophisticated production and a slew of all-star guests including Carole King, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow and husband Vince Gill.
WE LIKE: “Our Time Is Now” (with Carole King)
WE LIKE: “Sing”
–Grace S. Aspinwall