For the band's 14th studio effort, The Choir rely on their trademark off-kilter, melodic soundscapes, but lyrically they opt for decidedly more universal themes than on the band's last outing. In other words, The Loudest Sound Ever Heard is an album for everyone (which isn't always the case with a Choir project). The goal this time around is to uplift and encourage -- as well as entertain. Even the album's love song, "Takin' the Universe In," is unapologetically upbeat. Don't miss album closer "After All," a haunting duet between Derri Daugherty and Sixpence None The Richer's Leigh Nash.