Though I may not like most Christian rock, as with nearly everything, there are exceptions. Here are a few notable songs fellow skeptics of the Christian rock genre might enjoy:
“Turn Around,” by Matt Maher. Maher, a Catholic, is both popular and critically acclaimed. This song, and his music in general, is often textured and complicated. It adeptly combines the sort of stories you’d hear in an old country song with the rhythm of a good road trip song.
“The Fox, the Crow, and the Cookie,” by mewithoutyou. This song is entirely alt-rock, reminiscent of Bright Eyes, and while it comes from a Christian band, it is actually a retelling of a Sufi folk tale. It’s twangy and edgy in all the right places, with a solid but not in-your-face lesson.
“That’s All the Lumber,” by Ceili Rain. It’s hard not to like a song that refers to St. Peter as Pete. Besides, the Celtic sounds are so cheerful and rich, you won’t mind the somewhat ominous depiction of heaven.
“Revelation,” by Third Day. This song from the Grammy Award-winning band has an anthemic quality and a sound that builds as it goes along. The lyrics are a direct invocation to God for help and direction, though they never say the word.