- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2000 1 Jan
As I said in a recent review, there are right and wrong ways to do greatest hits compilations. The same is true for movie soundtracks and various artists compilations. Meeting the objective of the compilation is imperative, whether or not it compiles a particular artist's hits, collects the top hits of a given year, or simply presents a good collection of songs associated with a movie.
This may well be the best WoW collection yet, partly because of inclusions of big hits from last year that finally made it to WoW this year. Just to name some of the biggest hits on the album (click on "Listen" above for a full track listing): "Dive" by Steven Curtis Chapman, "This Is Your Time" by Michael W. Smith, "Unforgetful You" by Jars of Clay, and "Hands and Feet" by Audio Adrenaline. The majority of the album is filled with hits that have recently or are currently getting radioplay: "Live For You" by Rachael Lampa, "Written On My Heart" by Plus One, "This Good Day" by Fernando Ortega, "I Am the Way" by Mark Schultz, "The Only One" by Caedmon's Call, and "God of Wonders" from
There are, of course, a few exceptions, but not many compared to previous WoW albums. They included the future Jaci Velasquez hit "Crystal Clear" rather than proven hit "Center of Your Love," as well as Rebecca St. James' "Reborn" rather than "Don't Worry," and Third Day's "King of Love" rather than "Your Love, Oh Lord," or any number of hits from the Time album. Probably the oddest inclusion is "America" from the new Passion album
Regardless, with a handful of tracks raising questions of inclusion, the majority of