1. PAPER ROUTE
Are We All Forgotten EP
(Low Altitude)

Nashville electro-pop/rock finds a label and creates laptop-driven bliss.

2. JOHN MARK McMILLAN
The Medicine
(independent)

Springsteen-like sophomore release proves emotive rock debut wasn’t a fluke.

3. SANDRA McCRACKEN
Red Balloon
(independent)

Easily the most prolific work of this impressive songwriter’s career.

4. JOSH GARRELS
Jacaranda
(Small Voice)

Impossible to describe, impossible to avoid. The North Carolina neo-folkster hits his full stride.

5. DELIRIOUS
Kingdom of Comfort 
(Sparrow)

Legendary Brits go out on top with challenging anthems.

6. JON FOREMAN
Fall, Winter
Summer, Spring 
(Credential)

The Americana beauty of the Switchfoot front man reveals one of today’s most talented songwriters in his prime.

7. CHARLIE HALL
The Bright Sadness 
(sixsteps)

Alternative art rock gleans year’s best worship offering.

8. ANDREW PETERSON
Resurrection Letters, Vol. II 
(Centricity)

Easter-centered collection is perfect sequel to Behold the Lamb of God.

9. SEABIRD
‘Til We See The Shore 
(Credential)

Cincinnati piano pop soars perfectly with this long-awaited release.

10. BROOKE FRASER
Albertine 
(Wood and Bone)

Nearly perfect pop album from Hillsong United’s female vocalist.


Andrew Greer, Contributing Writer

1. CINDY MORGAN
Beautiful Bird
(independent)

Making the dobro accessible again, 2008’s “Songwriter of the Year” releases her finest record yet.

2. CHARLIE HALL
The Bright Sadness 
(sixsteps)

For those who question and yet still believe, The Bright Sadness is a work of art.

3. LEELAND
Opposite Way 
(Essential)

Leeland = cutting-edge rock with lyrics to sink your teeth into. Not bad for young ‘uns.

4. DECEMBERADIO
Satisfied 
(Slanted)

With a smoking live show and crazy hot licks, Southern rock never sounded so fine.