Absolute Smash Hits
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jul
- Jeff Deyo - "More Love, More Power"
- Jennifer Knapp - "Undo Me"
- Plumb - "Sink-n-Swim"
- Todd Agnew - "This Fragile Breath"
- Superchic[k] - "Hero"
- By the Tree - "Invade My Soul"
- Shaun Groves - "Should I Tell Them"
- Ginny Owens - "I Am"
- GRITS - "They All Fall Down"
- 12 Stones - "Broken"
- Paul Wright - "Your Love Never Changes"
- Exit - "With You"
- Broken Frame - "I Can Tell"
- Big Daddy Weave - "In Christ"
- Out of Eden - "River"
- Tree63 - "Look What You've Done"
- Jill Phillips - "God Believes in You"
- Warren Barfield - "My Heart Goes Out"
- BarlowGirl - "Harder Than the First Time"
- Big Dismal - "Reality"
- Nate Sallie - "All About You"
- Natalie Grant - "I Will Be"
- Palisade - "When We See Glory"
- Jonah33 - "Faith Like That"
- James Clay - "Franklin Park"
Earlier in 2004, Provident Music Group presented
This time, the results are far less stirring. The 25-song collection reportedly features 7 #1 hits and 17 Top 5 radio singles, including successes like Todd Agnew's "This Fragile Breath," Warren Barfield's "My Heart Goes Out," and Superchic[k]'s "Hero." The album also serves to introduce listeners to other relative newcomers like James Clay, Jonah33, Nate Sallie, Palisade, and Exit. There are admittedly some good songs here, but there aren't many great ones—at best, this is a B-list of Christian music radio.
Worse, this collection relies too heavily on stale material. Many of the songs come from albums released in 2001-2002 by the likes of Jeff Deyo, GRITS, Shaun Groves, Big Daddy Weave, Ginny Owens, and Tree63. These artists have released newer projects in the last twelve months, so why not promote their fresher music? Even more embarrassing is the inclusion of dated hits like Out of Eden's "River" (1999) and Jennifer Knapp's "Undo Me" (1997), songs that have been featured on other hits collections before. Maybe the idea was to recreate Christian radio's tendency to rely on songs that are 5-10 years old. These albums need to be timelier.
Priced for $14 or less with a free DVD of music videos included,