After a lot of listening, re-listening, scribbling, and fighting, I'm ready to post my top albums for the year. I've excluded EP's from the list and these are in no particular order (it was hard enough choosing 10 albums let alone one to be the best out of all of them!)
No matter what other album I've put on this since this one came out, I've always found myself putting Kings K back on. It's so good from beginning to end, over and over again. If this is where worship music is going, then count me as stoked! Best song: "Defender"
I didn't just want to include this because it's Anberlin's final ever album, but even if you take that out of the picture, this is still a stand out album for me. Not the best they ever produced, but I'm happy they gave us one more before they left. Best song: "We Are Destroyer"
I've thrashed this album this year. The tunes, matched with Jon's stellar lyrics, get me every single time I listen to it. Best song: "Let It Out"
To be honest, I prefer studio Hillsong to live Hillsong (probably why I also really liked The White Album remix project...) and this album has been my 'quiet time' staple since July. Best song: "Depths"
I love it when a kiwi band knocks it outta the park, and [shift] nail it with this one. More people need to hear these guys - and since they're right in our own backyard, there's no excuse. Best song: "Jerusalem"
Despite being an album of covers from their previous albums, this is a solid runner for my favourite album of the year. Maybe it's because I like these songs so much, or because they've been re-done so well, but it's worth a listen if you missed it. Best song: "Salt In The Snow (Revisited)"
Plain and simple: David Crowder gets me. Best song: "My Beloved"
Ever since I saw the video for "Lazarus", I've had this album on my 'Best of 2014' list. Best song: "Lazarus"
One of the new bands on the Life FM playlist, Fever Fever are now one of my favourite bands. I hope a trip to NZ is on the cards for 2015! Best song: "Hypnotized"
Aside from being a great album, the story behind this album being produced and released brings tears to my eyes as I hear it. Best song: "Dear Life"
Rend Collective - The Art of Celebration
Brooke Fraser - Brutal Romantic
Lecrae - Anomaly
Propoganda - Crimson Cord
For Today - Fight the Silence
Family Force 5 - Time Stands Still
John Mark McMillan - Borderland
Citizens & Saints - Join The Triumph