The Hurt & The Healer
Label: Fair Trade/Columbia
Some bands choose a direction and others have one chosen for them. "I Can Only Imagine" sealed MercyMe's fate as the group to give voice to our hurts and healing. Their seventh studio project pays homage to that role, chronicling fresh losses, recent pains and the true healing that can only come from God. Producers Brown Bannister and Dan Muckala made sure the album wasn't a downer, though, despite the deep topics. Instead, there's a nice rock edge and an overall upbeat feel. The title track is inspired, and don't miss "Take the Time," featuring Needtobreathe's Bear Rinehart.