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2. Adam Arcuragi—Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It
I've been a fan of this still relatively unknown Philadelphia-based songwriter for about a decade at this point, and since I don't know if that means anything to you, I will also mention that NPR's Bob Boilen is equally fond of him. (Insert your own NPR joke here, or better yet, don't.) Arcuragi's got a voice that just doesn't quit: soulful and aching, but strong enough to pull itself—and the listener—out from under whatever's ailing. His most recent album, Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It, includes more forays into gospel and country than normal, and the results are typically impressive.