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Sleep For Sleepers – Discovery

Review : Sleep For Sleepers – Discovery

“Discovery” is a delight of nostalgic and energetic indie rock that remains in the realm of familiarity that the band has produced.

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Audrey Assad – Death, Be Not Proud EP

Review : Audrey Assad – Death, Be Not Proud EP

Thought, emotion, and spirit provoking, meditative worship.

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False Idle – California Or Bust EP

Review : False Idle – California Or Bust EP

When punk goes acoustic, I get pretty pumped about it.

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Chasing Light – I AM

Review : Chasing Light – I AM

The band stakes a claim to point everyone towards Christ, and I believe that’s exactly what they’ve done with this collection of songs.

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Loud Harp – Asaph

Review : Loud Harp – Asaph

This is already one of the most solid releases I’ve heard thus far for 2014.

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B Is Bridgie – 500 Words EP

Review : B Is Bridgie – 500 Words EP

This debut is already solid, in my opinion.

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Best of 2013 by Jessica Cooper

Best of 2013 by Jessica Cooper

Top 20 Full Lengths:

Beautiful Eulogy – “Instruments of Mercy”
My Epic – “Behold”
Shane & Shane – “Bring Your Nothing”
Tim Keith Jones – “Cards & Words”
Close Your Eyes – “Line in the Sand”
Beta State – “#Friendship”
Thirtyseven – “This Is What I Want”
False Idle – “Threat”
A Common Goal – “Blessings and Battles”
Bradley Hathaway – “How Long”
The Civil Wars – “The Civil Wars”
The Hawk In Paris – “Freaks”
Man Alive – “A Light Goes On”
Rend Collective Experiment – “Campfire”
Dynasty – “Beyond Measure”
Jenny & Tyler -…

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Beautiful Eulogy – Instruments of Mercy

Review : Beautiful Eulogy – Instruments of Mercy

I’m completely prepared to say that this is even better than their first release.

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Man Alive – A Light Goes On

Review : Man Alive – A Light Goes On

From start to finish, “A Light Goes On” gets better and better.

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Platoon 1107 & The Cants – Split EP
Christ’s Sake – Christ’s Sake

Review : Christ’s Sake – Christ’s Sake

This self-titled album is driving and pairs the basic elements of melodic punk with the old-school stylings of their musical influences, to create a specific, tailored sound that makes Christ’s Sake such a good listen.

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Thirtyseven – This Is What I Want

Review : Thirtyseven – This Is What I Want

This is something I’ve been waiting on for a while, and I’m glad these guys finally have something out for people to enjoy.

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Hippos of Doom – Road Trip EP

Review : Hippos of Doom – Road Trip EP

This EP has all the energy, drive, and stylistic aspects of pop punk.

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Goodnight Wednesday – The American Nightmare

Review : Goodnight Wednesday – The American Nightmare

I think Goodnight Wednesday has a lot of potential to be a good, perhaps great, band.

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Summertime Dropouts – Rewind

Review : Summertime Dropouts – Rewind

Reminiscent, care-free pop punk at its finest.

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A Bright Sky – Reinventing Yourself EP

Review : A Bright Sky – Reinventing Yourself EP

It’s bass-driven, cookie-cutter punk with a positive and uplifting tone.

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Beta State – #Friendship

Review : Beta State – #Friendship

Simple and straightforward lyrics, great melody, and creative flow really pull this album together, remixes included.

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False Idle – Threat

Review : False Idle – Threat

False Idle does a great job of writing songs that are easy to relate to.

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A Common Goal – Blessings and Battles

Review : A Common Goal – Blessings and Battles

A Common Goal is one of those bands that always gets their genre right.

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Tim Keith Jones – Cards & Words

Review : Tim Keith Jones – Cards & Words

This debut release is a collection of energetic, heartfelt stories, and a few great worship songs.

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Best of 2012 by Jessica Cooper

Best of 2012 by Jessica Cooper

Top 20 Releases of 2012
This list is compiled of releases that have circulated through my CD player throughout the year.

Beautiful Eulogy – Satellite Kite (Humble Beast)
Ascend The Hill – O Ransomed Son (Come&Live!)
John Mark McMillan – The Song Inside The Sounds Of Breaking Down: Deluxe Reissue (Independent)
Trip Lee – Good Life (Reach Records)
Propaganda – Excellent (Humble Beast)
Levi The Poet – Seasons (Come&Live!)
Josh Garrels – B Sides & Remixes EP (Small Voice Records)
John Mark McMillan – Economy (Integrity Music)
Make Do and…

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Levi The Poet – Seasons

Review : Levi The Poet – Seasons

Another intense release from the beloved Levi Macallister, vividly depicting the ups and downs of transitioning from the loss of a father to the acceptance of a Father.

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180 OUT – Black & White

Review : 180 OUT – Black & White

180 OUT hits the nail on the head, combining 50’s rockabilly, 60’s surf/punk, 70’s funk, and 80’s rock with modern punk to create an original sound and unique style.

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Platoon 1107 – We Glory In The Title

Review : Platoon 1107 – We Glory In The Title

The Patriotic Punk debut and solo project of Jimmy Sisco (Absolved, Of Puritans And Lepers, ex-Nomad) in honor of the men and women who serve in any capacity for the United States military.

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Propaganda – Excellent

Review : Propaganda – Excellent

Propaganda’s new project is a superior piece of art stuffed with truth, bursting with originality, not lacking in boldness, that accurately conveys his brilliance as an artist.

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Punk for the Gospel Benefit Compilation

Review : Punk for the Gospel Benefit Compilation

There are so many classics featured in this collection of songs compiled to benefit the support of foreign missionaries within the Christian punk community.

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Metanoia – Retroceder Nunca

Review : Metanoia – Retroceder Nunca

High-energy, classic, uplifting punk for fans of Dogwood, Craig’s Brother, and Pennywise. This release definitely pays homage to the genre.

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Living Fire – Jesus Rules

Review : Living Fire – Jesus Rules

Living Fire’s sound is similar to that of bands like Bad Religion and Social Distortion, creating that atmosphere of high energy to encourage circle pits and pile-ons.

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The Wedding – No Direction

Review : The Wedding – No Direction

The latest release from rock ‘n’ roll bandits The Wedding, sons of guns shot-bangin’ in your ears.

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John Mark McMillan – The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down: Deluxe Reissue

Review : John Mark McMillan – The Song Inside the Sounds of Breaking Down: Deluxe Reissue

This has been a good improvement on an already great album, and shows listeners how much potential John Mark McMillan has in his writing ability.

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Beautiful Eulogy – Satellite Kite

Review : Beautiful Eulogy – Satellite Kite

This debut release from the trio consisting of co-founders Braille and Odd Thomas of Humble Beast, and beat maker Courtland Urbano, speaks of the truth of God’s character, grace, and compassion.

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Josh Garrels – B Sides & Remixes EP

Review : Josh Garrels – B Sides & Remixes EP

Josh Garrels’ style is a soupy conglomerate of folk, hip hop, soul, and classical, tied in with a vocal style that’s uniquely haunting, giving listeners a recipe for greatness that promises a pleasing aftertaste.

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Wayfarer – The River

Review : Wayfarer – The River

This EP is a total ear-pleaser for those of you who love remakes of traditional hymns.

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John Mark McMillan – Economy

Review : John Mark McMillan – Economy

With Economy, the same dynamic and hard-hitting elements of McMillan’s writing carry over to create a sense of familiarity, but in a fresh way.

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Best of 2011 by Jessica Cooper

Best of 2011 by Jessica Cooper

Albums:

Thrice – Major/Minor
Close Your Eyes – Empty Hands & Heavy Hearts
Josh Garrels – Love & War & The Sea In Between
Hands – Give Me Rest
Sleeping Giant – Kingdom Days In An Evil Age
Blindside – With Shivering Hearts We Wait
Great Awakening – Songs In Secret
Gideon – Costs
Needtobreathe – The Reckoning
John Mark McMillan – Economy
Altars – Opposition
As Hell Retreats – Volition
Life In Your Way – Kingdoms
Hundredth – Let Go
Emery – We Do What We Want
Aaron Gillespie – Anthem Song
Debtor – Bloodseeds
Mat Kearney…

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Close Your Eyes – Empty Hands & Heavy Hearts

Review : Close Your Eyes – Empty Hands & Heavy Hearts

The sophomore album “Empty Hands & Heavy Hearts” from Close Your Eyes is packed full of energy, honesty, and hope.

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The Rendition – Sans Pearl

Review : The Rendition – Sans Pearl

Relatable songs are what get to people, and all four tracks on this EP definitely embody that.

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Behold the Branch – Oh To Love You More

Review : Behold the Branch – Oh To Love You More

Genuine folks blessed with the ability to craft songs rooted in Scripture and tweak existing singles to fit their own unique style.

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Blindside – With Shivering Hearts We Wait

Review : Blindside – With Shivering Hearts We Wait

Call me crazy, but I like the thrill of a challenge, and WSHWW seemed like a good place to start as a newbie. Turned out to be more intimidating than I thought, but hey…go big or go home!

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