Sometimes you want to turn on a playlist and know ALL the songs are going to be beautiful, thoughtful, and encouraging.  We hope this is your experience with UTR’s CRITICS’ PICKS playlist.   Our panel of critics helped to create our list of the Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2022, but in doing so, about three dozen other albums were cited by one or more critics.  This playlist includes a song off of each of those titles.  The first 11 songs are the Top 11 albums in order. Then the following six are the Honorable Mentions.  The remaining 30 songs were the other cited albums in no particular order.  Enjoy!

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Curator’s Notes – Best Albums of 2022

2022 was another banner year of ‘gourmet music.’ New artists arrived (Three Shipps, Hannah Hubin, DOE, Anne Wilson, Benjamin William Hastings) mixed with long-time music veterans (Andrew Peterson, Chagall Guevara, Jill Phillips, Switchfoot).  Plus tribute albums honoring Randy Stonehill and Rich Mullins.  The critics pointed out 47 incredible albums that will be a treat to your ears! — Dave



We Will Never Be This Young Again – Ben Rector
Hospital – Madison Cunningham
Flying in a Lucid Dream – Andy Zipf
The In Between – Aryn Michelle
Surrender – Chagall Guevara
How It Sets You Free – Gable Price & Friends (ft. Jon Foreman)
The Melody – Melanie Penn
Devil – Anne Wilson
You Tell Me – John Van Deusen
Be That As It May – Terry Scott Taylor
Best Friend – Jess Ray
My Deliverer – Mitch McVicker
Hello Dreamer Baby – The Royal Foundry
Little Bird – Blessing Offor
Honey In The Rock – Brooke Ligertwood (ft. Brandon Lake)
We’re Here Because You’re Here – Elias Dummer
Mine – We The Kingdom
Hide From the World – Tyson Motsenbocker
Bountifully With Me – The Wood Drake Sessions (ft. Leslie Jordan)
Lovelight – Citizens
Revival – Judah & The Lion
Clarity – DOE
Crabapple / Love is Slow – Giants & Pilgrims
This House is Burning Down – Drew Miller
Cycles – Allie Paige
Song Inside – Brian Morykon
Charlie the Weatherman – Andrew Peterson
Brother Sun (Giving Glory!) – The Porter’s Gate (ft. Liz Vice)
He Is Not Worried – Brandon Heath
Shall Be Forever – Colorvault
Sure – Ash & Eric
Feels Like A Blessing – Benjamin William Hastings (ft. JUDAH)
All The Signs – Adam Watts
Love is a Long Game – Jill Phillips
All Things Must Wait – Garden Friend
Dust – Hannah Hubin (ft. Ella M)
Seat At The Table – Common Hymnal
Tanninim – Rusty Shipp
Can Shadows Praise You? – Half-Handed Cloud
Human Heart – BJ Fischer
Daniel’s Song – Rachel Wilhelm
We Bring You All Our Sorrows – Paul Zach (ft. Tenielle Neda)
Unity – For King & Country (ft. Dante Bowe)
Wherever You Lead – Kristene DiMarco
Cry, Wolf – Warbler
Wouldn’t Change A Thing – Dan Bremnes
Light On the Mountain – Amanda Cook