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Blessed: The Best of Rachael Lampa

  • reviewed by Andree Farias Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2006 1 May
Blessed: The Best of Rachael Lampa
Sounds like … various pop divas from the '90s like Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Jaci VelasquezAt a glance … this collection is not bad, but Lampa's career just isn't quite long enough to warrant itTrack Listing Blessed Beautiful Outrageous Shaken Always Be My Home Live for You Savior Song You Lift Me Up Day of Freedom No Greater Love I'm All Yours God Loves You When I Fall There Is Still a Dream (with Aaron Neville) My Father's Heart Savior Song (Sonic Overload Mix) Day of Freedom (Mirage Remix)

Best-of collections and greatest-hits packages are a tricky thing when they come from youngsters that have only been in showbiz for a few years. Once-underage phenoms like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, and Aaron Carter all have such compilations to their names, the worst offender being Disney cash-cow Hilary Duff, who released a "career" retrospective with only two previous albums and no sizable hits under her belt.

In a similar way, Blessed: The Best of Rachael Lampa seeks to chronicle the powerhouse singer's music career … all six years of it. As part of a new product line from Word Records that celebrates three of their best female vocalists—Rachael Lampa, Jaci Velasquez, and Nicole C. Mullen—the question here isn't so much which songs did or didn't make the album, but rather which are considered her "best" for an artist who started in her mid-teens and is now barely in her twenties.

With just three albums (and one remix project) to her credit, Lampa's career just doesn't warrant a collection like this—yet. Unlike Velasquez, she's only amassed four No. 1 hits: "Live for You," "Blessed," "God Loves You," and "Shaken." Lesser singles include "My Father's Heart," "No Greater Love," "Savior Song," and "I'm All Yours." The rest is padded out with fan favorites like "Beautiful" and "Day of Freedom," as well as a couple of remixes from her Blur disc.

What some would consider Lampa's best is debatable too. Naturally, most all of her big, sweeping power ballads are included, but they outclass some of the more teenybopper tracks featured alongside them. Most surprising is that her 2004 self-titled effort is woefully underrepresented by only two songs, even though many have called it her best work. With the majority of the tracks coming from her first album, it makes this collection only worthwhile to those who never bothered to buy a Lampa album to begin with.

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