Switch ‘Symphony’

Symphony is a collection of energetic pop worship music that will resonate with its target audience and beyond. The album contains strong vocals from a variety of worship leaders, but the loops are a little too prominent, at the expense of other instrumentation. The title track, "Symphony" featuring Dillon Chase, is a high point, heralding the reminder of Romans 8:28 in the midst of chaos and doubt.... Read more

Sara Groves ‘Joy of Every Longing Heart’

Sarah Groves returns with a second Christmas collection, following her excellent 2008 release O Holy Night. What might look like a list of traditional and modern Christmas favorites and a few originals is actually a journey of perspectives, highlighting the varied audiences of the incarnation.... Read more

Sanctus Real ‘Unstoppable God’

The sophomore release for the “new” Sanctus Real finds the band solidifying their sound with lead vocalist Dustin Lolli. Pardoning the obvious pun, there is a “confidence” on display in this set of well-crafted songs.... Read more

Big Daddy Weave ‘When the Light Comes’

Creating this collection of new songs helped Big Daddy Weave affirm their faith in a God who makes all things new, and light a path back to joy. Given the circumstances, much of When the Light Comes is surprisingly buoyant and punchy. The pop hooks are strong, though there are just a couple of instances when they don’t quite line up with the tenor of the lyrics.... Read more

The Afters ‘Fear No More’

The Afters Fear No More (Fair Trade Services) The Afters return following last year’s greatest hits collection with Fear No More, a set combining the two new tracks on The Beginning & Everything Afte...... Read more

Wild Harbors ‘Monument’

The full-length debut from Wild Harbors follows a pair of EPs that have built momentum for this promising duo. Chris and Jenna Badeker explore vital topics of the heart on Monument, including honest reflections on marriage that will particularly minister to new couples.... Read more

Best Thing I Heard Today: January 24, 2019

In today's polarized social/political environment, Andy Gullhorn hopes this gentle song "Light a Candle" encourages people in times of anger and despair. From his latest release Everything As it Should Be.....

Ripp + Rice ‘Songs We Wrote on Tuesdays’ Review

As an unexpected return to music for Chris Rice, and an introduction to the music of Andrew Ripp for Christian music audiences, Ripp + Rice would be worth a listen for the curiosity factor alone. Fortunately, though, it’s worth repeated listening for its brilliance.... Read more

Josh White & Josh Garrels ‘Resurrect Our Love’ Album Review

Both Josh Garrels and Josh White decided to alter the “cover” process a bit for their new collaborative EP, Resurrect Our Love. The initial idea was a simple one: to trade covers of each other’s songs. Garrels chose White’s “Enclosed by You” and White covered Garrels’ “Don’t Wait For Me.” Another trade happened when the pair realized they’d been covering the other’s songs while leading worship at Portland’s Door of Hope church. With a bit of momentum, a collaborative project emerged.... Read more