Don't Try So Hard
Label: Amy Grant Label (AGG)
If you're Amy Grant, there's nothing left to prove, so we forgive her for taking 10 years between albums. That time span is actually what gives this 11-song collection its vintage feel. You can almost hear the crinkling of her journal pages as she tells tales of pain, perseverance and parental loss. She's like a wise older sister, and this insightful heart-to-heart has been long overdue. Friends like James Taylor, Carole King and Sheryl Crow are nice additions -- and these collaborations may be bucket-list items for Grant -- but in the end it's all about Amy.