Words Matter Media
Release Date: April 15th 2022
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
A few weeks ago, we posted our list of our 40 best albums of 2021– complied from the many reviews we’ve posted throughout last year. However, there were some reviews that we wanted to write and post, but ultimately didn’t for various reasons! Perhaps you noticed the absence of some reviews, perhaps you didn’t.
Anyway, more than a year ago, we delved into 15 2020 albums we never reviewed (due to life getting in the way), including albums from Bethel Music (Revival’s In The Air), Anchor & Braille (Tension), and Casey Burgess (Space To Breathe) to name a few. Now, the time has arrived for us to list 25 albums we never reviewed, which released in 2021. So…check out these 25 albums/EP’s. Just because they weren’t reviewed, doesn’t mean that they can’t resonate with all of you. And… which albums did you wish we reviewed (within this list of 25 or outside of the list)?
Last week, we delved into the third group of 20 artists that we posted about in our blog series; and we also briefly touched upon these artists, just to see what they’re up to. Now… it’s time to see the next group of 20 artists- artists for our blogs 61-80. Do you want to know what’s happening in the lives of Jackie Evancho, Missy Higgins, Carly Rae Jepsen or Little Big Town? Read on to find out more!
Sometimes artists have the ability to sneak up on you with their music. Not necessarily in a bad way, but in a way that is unexpected and from left field. One minute in your life, you wouldn’t even consider listening to them, or in some cases, may not have even heard of them. And then in the next, you’re listening to their music, enjoying it, and realising that the style of music you are indeed hearing, is such that maybe, you need at that particular moment. For artists do come and go within the music industry- they often start off with a bang, release a solid debut album, and then maybe fizzle off into the ether, for one reason or another. Then there are artists that keep going and going, creating albums that impact the mind and challenge our very souls, year after year after year. There are artists we may not have heard of before, and then there are artists that we hear constantly on the radio. And both these artists- the overplayed and the unassuming, are valid and needed in society, they each provide a service and fill a void, creating music for people, in different situations, circumstances and purposes. And here in these blog posts that I’ve been undertaking for a year and a half, most of them are such where their music haven’t been at the forefront of my own mind until the time that I have discussed them…and then later, I realise that the artist and the music I have just listened to, shouldn’t have been as foreign and unknown as it was for me. I have since realised that because of my CCM bubble that I grew up in during my primary school years (and well into my teens and young adult (Y.A.) years), I missed out on some good quality music, music that God has used in people’s lives, just the same as CCM. And now in this year and a half, I’ve lifted the lid and realised this one very thing- that whether someone likes CCM or mainstream music, isn’t really the matter to God. He will use whatever He wants to, to connect people towards Himself. What does matter are people’s hearts, and sometimes in the unlikeliest of circumstances, it can be the unassuming artists that come along, and tug at our very hearts, and really challenge what it truly means to love God and love people well in this life.