No less than seven original Christmas tunes, penned by Chapman, fill the 13-track list of Joy, Chapman’s third Christmas CD. Since acoustic roots-rock is the norm in 2012, Chapman leads the pack this year—he’s just pulling off what he’s always done, and he’s doing it well (sure, with a little more sheen than the average indie artist, but that suits Chapman). On Joy, Even the well-known songs are given fresh arrangements and sometimes, new lyrics. His “Joy to the World” is easily the best gift from any artist this season.
Top Song for Worship: “Joy to the World”