The UTR Critics Panel has voted, and soon (on 1/14/20) we will be releasing our final Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2019. However, because it’s the collective votes of a large panel, and because of the high number of amazing albums, there are several stellar albums that every year fall just outside that Top 11. So, we now put a spotlight on five of those releases, because we believe these projects deserve your attention. Here are the Honorable Mentions for Top Gourmet Albums of 2019 (in no particular order):
Long Live Love – Kirk Franklin
After a four-year hiatus, the artist that helped to completely re-invent the gospel genre is back. Kirk Franklin’s latest shows that he still knows how to open up new doors and make faith-fueled music sound cool even to the harshest skeptic. In fact, for over 25 years, K.F. has been showing that urban gospel music is still a vehicle to speak to prodigals and seekers. Somehow, his 13th career studio album seems fresher than ever, with urban jams, R&B soul, and heartfelt ballads.
Lovers, Thieves, Fools, + Pretenders – Chris Taylor
Wilder Woods – Wilder Woods
People – Hillsong United
Trail of Tears – Jesse Jack Murray
Has this list newly introduced you to any music you might have otherwise missed? Let us know below! All of these albums will be represented in our next “Special Menu” Spotify Playlist (coming approx 1/17/20). Also be on the lookout for our Top 11 Gourmet Albums of the Year (coming on 1/14/20).