2016 Top Albums - Honorable Mentions
As we do each year, the UTR Critics Panel convenes and votes on the music that they consider to be the very best of the year. Making our final Top 11 Gourmet Albums of the Year list is not easy (this list will be published on 1/6/17). There was so much good music to choose from this year, and there were several outstanding projects that came very close to making the Top 11 list. Still we would like to give them some deserved attention. So, here are the Honorable Mentions list of Top Gourmet Albums for 2016 (in no particular order).
All At Once - Phil Keaggy
Phil fully embraces his electric guitar on this new release that is sure to become an instant rock classic. You'll hear influences like Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney, but still distinctly Phil. One of our critics calls this "easily Keaggy's finest album in over 20 years!"
Poets & Saints - All Sons & Daughters
You get the passionate and prayerful vocals you've come to love by Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, with new lyrics inspired by C.S. Lewis, St. Patrick, John Newton, St. Augustine, among others. "A masterful work of art that's as worshipful as it is authentic."
Just Crazy Enough - SHEL
Many artists create a signature sound - think Sufjan Stevens, Phil Keaggy, or The Oh Hellos. But SHEL is charting their own course. One critic said, "This is one of the most diverse-sounding releases of the year, each track flavored uniquely."
Blood Red Blooms - Brittan Cox
One panelist said this album has "stellar songwriting and flawless vocals." This passionate and intimate album explores how our relationship with Christ is often complicated and conflicting with our natural desires. Excellent production work by Wes Pickering on this one.
Psalms We Sing Together - Wendell Kimbrough
This is not just another Psalms-inspired album. Alabama-based songwriter Wendell Kimbrough takes us on an unexpected and joy-infused journey. "He mixes gospel, folk, and 60s R&B, and the end result is an uplifting blue-eyed soul hymn sing."
Love Lines The Last Horizon - Tanya Godsey
One critic shared, "This album is full of joy, hope, love, heart, passion, and praise - exactly what you hope to find from well-crafted music!" This project, produced by Ben Shive, showcases Tanya's powerhouse voice and excellent songwriting.
Did you sample any of these 2016 Honorable Mentions based on our recommendation? Share your thoughts below. Also, be on the lookout for our Top 11 Gourmet Albums of the Year (coming on 1/6/17).