Kari Jobe: The Garden (Sparrow)
Kari Jobe is a consistent voice in the Christian music scene, bringing meaningful worship music to listeners without fail. The Garden is another deep and beautiful album that enables listeners to rest in God’s utter beauty. The splendor of this album doesn’t just come from Jobe’s unique voice or her lovely lyrics – it comes from a deep instrumental layering which creates a surreal experience, making God very palpable.
Hearts Like Lions: If I Never Speak Again (Tooth & Nail)
Hearts Like Lions full-length debut album If I Never Speak Again is a straightforward album speaking on simple, yet relatable topics such as identity, selfishness and being bossed around. The album carries the laidback personality of the band members and emulates their desire for fans, and people in general, to simply be the person God created them to be. Though the character of the band is relaxed, they are pretty intentional with their music. Their desire is for every song, every album to have deep meaning and purpose. “We named the album what we did because if we’re going to speak, we want to be true to ourselves and our emotions,” explains lead singer Stephen Ramos.