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Various Artists, WOW Best Of 2007
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Various Artists
WOW Best Of 2007



Album length: 12 tracks
Street Date: July 13, 2010


In 2010, the WOW series makers decided to try something totally different (and in my opinion, ridiculous) - a "best of" for several of their hits collections, starting with 2004 and ending with 2007. Considering you can get the full 2-disc set for possibly a cheaper price than you can get for these one-disc versions (which only contain about 12 songs), these collections seem rather pointless. However, despite the issues with the whole idea, these one-disc albums all offer strong songs, and possibly the strongest would be this version, WOW Best Of 2007.

A simple skim over the track listing can give you the impression that this disc holds some of the modern classics of the CCM industry. Such songs include "This Man" by Jeremy Camp, "How Great Is Our God" by Chris Tomlin (this song was released in 2004 and doesn't show up on a WOW disc until almost three years later?), "My Savior My God" by Aaron Shust, and the ever-powerful "Cry Out To Jesus" by Third Day. Other highlights include Natalie Grant's "Held," David Crowder's "Wholly Yours," MercyMe's "So Long Self," and the rather edgy "Dead Man (Carry Me)," courtesy of Jars Of Clay.

However, there are a few weak points to this release. Casting Crowns' "Lifesong" opens the disc, and while it remains a good song, the fact that this was released in 2005 makes this release seem a bit outdated. The same can be said for "How Great Is Our God" (especially since Tomlin had newer music out). Also, some of the best songs on the original '07 release (such as offerings from Relient K, Brian Littrell, Sanctus Real, tobyMac, Kutless, and a host of others) are left out here. This is why I'd recommend finding a copy of the full two-disc set (at times even cheaper) than this seriously trimmed release.

Overall, if you are new to the Christian music world, this would be a decent start to introduce you. If you want some edgier songs that don't make this release, the full-length should whet your appetite some (and the X series does an even better job at that). However, if you don't care for full-on worship music, and don't dig mainstream CCM, then let this one pass on by.

JFH Reader Review: Review date: 9/12/10, written by Paul Romano for Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: EMI CMG/Word/Provident
. Album length: 12 tracks
. Street Date: July 13, 2010
. Buy It: ChristianBook.com

  1. Lifesong - Casting Crowns
  2. So Long Self - MercyMe
  3. How Great Is Our God - Chris Tomlin
  4. My Savior My God - Aaron Shust
  5. This Man - Jeremy Camp
  6. Held - Natalie Grant
  7. Cry Out To Jesus - Third Day
  8. Wholly Yours - David Crowder*Band
  9. I Am - Mark Schultz
  10. Let Go - BarlowGirl
  11. Everything You Ever Wanted - Hawk Nelson
  12. Dead Man (Carry Me) - Jars Of Clay

 

 

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