2010 End Of The Year Lists:Indie, Worship, Folk/Country

Most music websites like ours publish end of the year lists (most times before the year is over), but we see this as a time to truly celebrate what God is doing through art and music. For the next few weeks we will be posting our lists of the best recordings in 2010, divided by genres and categories. This all leads up to our final presentation of our Essential 25 Recordings of 2010 post on the last week of January.  This is our joyous recounting of all that amazed us in 2010.
*click on the name of the artist to find out more about them, click on the album title to listen to samples and purchase*

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Indie Album Of The Year: Sufjan Stevens-All Delighted People EP

Belle & Sebastian-Write About Love
Ben + Vesper-LuvInIdleness
Cold War Kids-Behave Yourself EP
Gileah Taylor-A Crooked Line EP
Half-Handed Cloud-As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth
The Innocence Mission-My Room In The Trees
ME-Hamden
Ortolan-Time On A String
The Rocketboys-Wellwisher EP

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Folk/Country/Americana Album Of The Year: Doug Burr-O Ye Devastator

Avalanche City-Our New Life Above Ground
Bradley Hathaway-A Thousand Angry Panthers
Johnny Cash-American VI: Ain’t No Grave
Josh White-Achor
Listener-Wooden Heart
Patty Griffin-Downtown Church
Sandra McCracken-In Feast Or Fallow
Sean Michel-I Know I’ve Been Converted
The Wayside-Spiritual Songs

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Worship Album Of The Year: John Mark McMillian-The Medicine

Ascend The Hill-Hymns: Take The World, But Give Me Jesus
Josh White-Achor
Gungor-Beautiful Things
Lovelite-Nearness
Mattie Montgomery-When The Sons Become Fathers
Preson Phillips-Weep… He Loves the Mourners Tears
Red Letter-Red Letter
Rend Collective Experience-Organic Family Hymnal
Sandra McCracken-In Feast Or Fallow

Next week we are hitting you with our favorite Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, and Gospel albums along with our favorite EPs of the year.

2010 End Of The Year Lists: Rock, Pop, and Metal

Most music websites like ours publish end of the year lists (most times before the year is over), but we see this as a time to truly celebrate what God is doing through art and music. For the next few weeks we will be posting our lists of the best recordings in 2010, divided by genres and categories. This all leads up to our final presentation of our Essential 25 Recordings of 2010 post on the last week of January.  This is our joyous recounting of all that amazed us in 2010.
*click on the name of the artist to find out more about them, click on the album title to listen to samples and purchase*

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Rock Album Of The Year: My Epic- YET

Abel-Lesser Men
A Hope For Home-Realis
Children 18:3-Rain’s A Comin
Gaslight Anthem-American Slang
Flatfoot 56-Black Thorn
The Reign Of Kindo-This Is What Happens
Same As Sunday-Earn Your Stripes
Shapes Stars Make-These Mountains Are Safe
Wovenhand-The Threshingfloor

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Pop Album Of The Year: Brooke Fraser-Flags

An Epic, No Less-We Are The Echo Of Love
Charmaine-Love Reality
Gileah Taylor-What Kind of Fool
Heath McNease-Shine On
Joy Ike-Rumors
Queens Club-Young Giant
Tal & Acacia-Wake Me
Tidewater-The Seas We Sail
Joy Williams-We Mapped the World

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Metal/Hardcore Album Of The Year: The Chariot-Long Live

A Plea For Purging-The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell
Close Your Eyes-We Will Overcome
Divide The Sea-MAN
For Today-Breaker
In The Midst Of Lions-The Heart Of Man
Living Sacrifice-The Infinite Order
MyChildren MyBride-Lost Boy
Norma Jean-Meridional
Underoath-Ø (Disambiguation)

Check back with us next week for our favorite albums from Folk, Country, Worship, and Indie.