Switching from the PVA to a calendar year, dropping remixes, best of albums, EPs and Christmas Music dropped it down to about two dozen. Listening to those one more time shook out the rest. I refuse to rank them, however, so we will do this in album alphabetical order.
The Blood + The Breath: Songs That Tell The Story of Redemption, +Caroline Cobb Smith
While perhaps we could give this album an award for longest title, that isn't the only reason to get this album. Written as part of a challenge to write a song for every book of the Bible in one year. A dozen were kept. The Alpha and Omega songs were representative of eternity past and future and the middle ten take us from Genesis to Revelation in a multiple genre experience of Adam, Moses, Abraham, Jesus and the Prophets. You will be entranced.
The Civil Wars, +The Civil Wars
Beauty from Brokenness. Amid the Rumors of the Alt-Country-Folk Duo's breakup comes this self titled followup to the smash hit Barton Hollow. Unlike that album this effort taps into more darker emotions. Tell Mama, Dust To Dust and The One Who Got Away draw you in. The overall tone of the album is mournful, yet beautiful. Even the country music people love it. Entertainment Weekly made it #7 on the Top 10 Country Albums. Of course it isn't country, not by a long shot. Of course a lot of pop and folk stars get to be country these days.
Instruments of Mercy,