While most of what finds its way into my mailbox is books, I also receive a surprising amount of music. This works out well since I happen to love listening to music while going about my daily work. Here are a few new and noteworthy albums you may want to take a look at.
The Water & The Blood by Dustin Kensrue - I wasn’t ever a fan of Thrice (a band whose style was, apparently, post-hardcore/experimental rock, whatever that means) so did not know what to expect from the new solo effort from Thrice’s frontman Dustin Kensrue. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by what I think is a fantastic, genre-bending album. It has been very well reviewed in both Christian and mainstream publications and for good reason. Be sure to listen to “Grace Alone” (which we often sing at church now) and “It Is Finished.” I’ve had this album on repeat for a couple of weeks now and haven’t grown weary of it yet! (Amazon or iTunes)
Instruments of Mercy by Beautiful Eulogy. I have found my enthusiasm for Christian rap waning a little bit over the past few months. However, the new album by Beautiful Eulogy deserves mention. This 5-star review captures the way people are raving about it: “It is hard not to marvel at the sheer talent of these three individuals, whether it is in the crisp vocals, wonderful production, or the dense and theologically provoking lyrics. It is also hard not to marvel on the fact that Beautiful Eulogy managed to improve on a project as good as Satellite Kite.” Even if you aren’t a fan of rap, you may still find yourself enjoying it. (Amazon or iTunes)