This roundup of recent Christian music releases can be summed up in one sentence: Go listen to Jars of Clay's new album, Inland. Hurry. Now! It's thoughtful, somber, moody and hopeful, all in one artfully beautiful package. And after that, check out the new Derek Webb album, I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You, which is nothing short of stunning. But in case you still need more to listen to as you make the transition from summer to fall, here are a few additional options, all worthy in their own right.
Mandisa does gospel-pop proud and offers inspiration without the platitudes, while Tye Tribbett continues to build a career without his Greater Anointing choir. His modern gospel project shows he's just fine flying solo. On the Southern gospel side, The Isaacs are back with a down-home release that includes an unexpected cover track. Then there's Seth Condrey's debut, which is straight-up worship from Atlanta's North Point Community Church, a congregation that is 30,000 strong.
On the pop side, singer-songwriter Audrey Assad never tries to oversimplify her faith, and as a result her music is meatier than a lot of other Christian fare. Duo 33 Miles offers up jangly sing-along songs that straddle the line between autobiography and worship. Tricia Brock has grown up since her early days as Superchick's frontwoman, delivering her second solo disc of anthemic pop. Husband-and-wife duo Love & the Outcome follow in the footsteps of Out of the Grey and Watermark with worship-tinged pop. And tweenyboppers will want to get on board with 1 Girl Nation, a new girl group aimed at the One Direction set. There's new rock, too. Stellar Kart is back, after three years away and some lineup changes; All In marks 10 years of recording for this Phoenix-born band. Tune in now.