We’re counting down our collective picks for the top six albums of 2011 this week! Sound Opinion writers Beau Black, Mark Geil and Lindsay Williams put pen to paper to come up with a long list of the year’s best offerings. Here are our top six favorite albums of 2011. We’ll reveal a new album each day through Friday. And our pick for the Best Album of 2011 is…

jason gray a way to see in the darkJason Gray

A Way to See in the Dark

Centricity Music

Three songs landed this on my list: the poppy should-be-singles “End Of Me” and “Good To Be Alive,” and one too serious for the airways, the circumspect and haunting “Nothing Is Wasted.” All best his current iTunes-topping single “Remind Me Who I Am,” itself not a bad song. Gray’s lyrics consistently demand attention with a vulnerability that’s too rare.  –Beau

I said this in my original review: “This is among the best work in Christian music today, and like its sometimes paradoxical creator, it manages to entertain us, make us think, and minister to our deepest needs, all at the same time.” Since then, I still find myself returning to a particular phrase or lyric, not just because it’s a good hook, but because God keeps using it to speak to me.   –Mark

Gray is truly a poignant songwriter with the ability to gently turn a common phrase into a work of art. On a road paved by Andrew Peterson and Sara Groves, Gray treads down the path of underrated superior songwriters with this incredible album. –Lindsay

Listen to the full album on Spotify here.

Download: “Nothing Is Wasted.”

What’s Next: Jason Gray will finish out the holiday season performing on Andrew Peterson’s critically-acclaimed “Behold the Lamb of God” Christmas tour.

More info: www.jasongraymusic.com

As our Christmas gift to you, we have five autographed copies of A Way to See in the Dark that Jason and Centricity Music have graciously provided. Leave a comment below and tell us what your favorite album of 2011 is and we’ll send you ours! We’ll randomly choose five lucky people from the comments below to receive a copy of Jason’s new album.