2012: The Best in Music

I believe it was J.S. Bach who once said, “Any music that you can get for free on the Internet is terrible.”

Boy was he off.

10.  Kopecky Family Band – The Disaster (Of Epic Proportions)

The title is very misleading.

9.  Propaganda – Excellent

This title is not misleading.

Precious Puritans may be one of the most important and controversial songs written to the Church since Derek Webb’s Wedding Dress.

8.  Beautiful Eulogy – Satellite Kite

Beautiful is a good word to describe this release that’s made up of thought provoking lyrics and quality hip-hop beats.

7.  Dwight Yoakam – Three Pairs

Classic Dwight.  The twang is back!

6.  The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

For my money, the Avett’s are better than the Mumford’s and the albums that both groups released this year goes to further prove my point.

5.  Andrew Peterson – Light for the Lost Boy

Andrew Peterson could be the most talented song writer in the history of Christian music.  Even if his style is not your particular cup of tea, you should do your soul a favor and check him out.  Light for the Lost Boy is as good a place as any to start.

4.  Derek Minor – PSA Volume 3: Who Is Derek Minor

Derek Minor has the rare ability of taking deep theological truths and applying them to everyday life.

3.  Lecrae – Gravity

Jay Z and Kanye sell way more albums than Lecrae and they make a whole lot more money but the masses usually aren’t right.  McDonald’s has served billions and billions but Bonefish clearly has the better product.  Even if a lot of the hip-hop world has never heard of him, Lecrae is the best thing going today.  Gravity is no exception.

2.  John Mayer – Born and Raised

Although this was a major release it received almost no publicity because of Mayer’s severe throat troubles that prevented him from singing in any kind of a support tour.  Even in the era of auto tune and pre-fabricated pop, good music still speaks for itself.

1.  Matthew Perryman Jones – Land of the Living

Matthew Perryman Jones made a big splash this year by releasing this album for free on Noise Trade.  Each song is perfectly crafted with thoughtful lyrics and an original sound.  Jones is among the most talented all around musicians, not just in Christian music but in any genre.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!  See you in 2013.