That’s Why I Pray-Big & Rich (Warner Brothers)

It’s just made the national airplay Top 20, so if you’re not on it, now’s the time to give it some more auditions. I’ll not be recommending it because much as I admire the harmony, it’s just too depressing. Yes, they’re singing that they pray, which is a good thing. But the lyric opens with images of some spirit-crushing, really awful things. Home evictions, unemployment and babies having babies. Those depressing visions stick with me the whole rest of the song, even as they explain how they’re hoping for better days. I think about horrid things like this enough as it is; don’t wanna hear singing about them, too.