Here at Revival Mag we thought it would be great to give our readers a look back at some of the top albums of 2014. Though 2014 has long passed, we can't help but reflect on some of Christian Music's best year yet! In no particular order, these are, in our opinion, the albums that deserve to be on our Top List! If there are any albums you think I've missed, feel free to share and comment on what album you felt should have made the Top 14 list.
Shall we begin?
1.Borderland- John Mark McMillan
My personal favourite of 2014. John Mark McMillan delivers his best album to date both musically and lyrically. Each song feels like it's a product of deep and chewed upon thoughts, delivered with poetry as well as honesty. Opening track Holy Ghost offers a spine tingly start to the album, thematically centring the whole work on the love and reliance on our God. Other favourites are the very congregational, ‘Future, Past’ and ‘Counting On’.
2. The Undoing - Steffany Gretzinger
This album makes great soaking material, with themes of letting go, becoming undone and receiving God. With simple production of mostly piano and voice, ‘The Undoing’ is refreshing to both the ears and the soul.
3. The Art Of Celebration- Rend Collective
Rend Collective seem to carry the sheer joy of Holy Spirit and this album is no exception. With obvious influences from the likes of Mumford and Sons, expect your foot to be stamping and to be humming the tunes for the rest of the day.
4. Swan Song - Hunter Thompson
Hunter Thompsons late 2014 offering is simply beautiful. Great creative music with a fantastic themes of standing firm, and giving God our all. Fans of Sufjan Stevens will love this!
5. You make Me Brave - Bethel Music
My favourite live worship album of last year taken from a women conference at Bethel Church, California. This album captures the feel of a worship set perfectly with a great blend of interesting song arrangements and good spaces for spontaneous songs to come out!
6. Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong - For King & Country (Won the Grammy Award for Contemporary Christian Music album)
The sophmore album from For King & Country is an alternative Christian rock album. The album features artists like Andy Mineo and Courtney. These artist do a great job adding to the album's anthemic and spiritually personal themes!
7. Wake up the Wonder - Elevation Worship
This is the new album by Elevation Worship. Wake up the Wonder is a live album recorded at the Time Warner Cable Arena. This is another great album full of powerful declarations and praise; an album that is a prayer for revival.
8. When Christmas Comes - Kim Walker - Smith
In late 2014 Kim Walker- Smith released a Christmas AlbumWhen Christmas Comes. This album is filled with some all time favourites! What makes this album refreshing is that she did not shy away from including songs that were not particularly hymns. Some songs include Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and I'll be home for Christmas.
9. Bethel Music- Tides Live
This album captures spontaneous worship that can only be experiences through live worship. With a mix of upbeat worship and praise to slower & more intimate songs like Be Still by Steffany Gretzinger, it's not hard to feel Holy Spirit all over this album!
10. Chris Tomlin- Love Ran Red
He has done it AGAIN! Chris Tomlin continues to create powerful & unique worship. One song that stood out was At the Table which had a mix of country and R&B flair, another song At The Cross (Love Ran Red) has elements that make the song sound as if it were an old hymn. This album is definately a classic Chris Tomlin album.
11. Misty Edwards- Little Bird
Misty Edward's new album in many ways branches away from what Misty is usually known for. This album has a vibrant pop/ jazzy feel. Each song having it's own personality and sound.
12. Andy Mineo- Neverland EP
If you enjoy rap, then Andy Mineo's Neverland is the album for you! In today's age, it's difficult to find good rap music that not only has meaningful content but also declares the name of Jesus.
13. Majestic -Kari Jobe
Kari carries an amazing sense of joy, depth and intimacy with God in her worship leading and it comes through so clearly on her recording. First track - 'Hands To The Heavens' is a personal favourite, a full on 'Come Holy Spirit' song.
14. Jesus Culture - Unstoppable Love
This album was recorded live during Jesus Culture's annual Encounter Conference in Sacramento, California, at the Historic Memorial Auditorium in January 2014. This album is full of worship declaring the unstoppable love of God for us. With songs like You made a Way, Wide Open & Your Name is Glorious this album is full of worship that reflects an intimate cry back to God.
And so that concludes our Top 14 Albums of 2014!