Christian Review Magazine Issue 2 - Jan/Feb 2015 - Page 36

OUR TOP PICKS 2014 2014 was a great year for the Christian music scene. We saw many fantastic debut releases from artists such as LNYX, We Are Leo, Shuree, NF, HillaryJane, Spencer Kane, Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil, and Matty Mullins. There were also many notable coming-of-age albums in which artists seem to have found themselves, and a sound that they can call their own. Some such artists include Family Force 5, Sanctus Real, Manic Drive, Chris Tomlin, and Fit For A King. Here are some of our top picks from 2014… LEAH’S TOP 5 MATTY MULLINS “MATTY MULLINS” Perhaps most well known as the vocalist for metalcore band Memphis May Fire, this self-titled pop/rock worship album is Matty Mullins debut solo release. Matty Mullins self-titled release is one of a kind – original and unique – and I can’t say that too often. It’s not often an album like this gets released. It’s energetic, captivating, unique and 36 > CHRISTIAN REVIEW MUSIC original. I love synth, pop, and rock, and this is a masterful combination of them all. (Read Review) NEEDTOBREATHE “RIVERS IN THE WASTELAND” NEEDTOBREATHE’s fifth studio album, Rivers In The Wasteland takes it’s name from Isaiah 43:19. Brimming with thoughtful lyrics and friendly southern rock tunes, this is an all around champion release. A fantastic album crafted by southern rockers NEEDTOBREATHE, Rivers In The Wasteland is undoubtedly their best release yet. MAC POWELL “SOUTHPAW” An out-and-out country rock album, Southpaw is Mac Powell’s (Third Day) sophomore solo release. Full of toe tapping country tunes, there isn’t one track on Southpaw that could be considered “filler”. Between Mac Powell’s fantastic vocals (that are very well suited to country music!), the great musicianship displayed throughout, and