Music review by Luchae Williams
As we anticipate the release of Wow Hits 2018, we take a look at its earlier counterpart – Wow Hits 2017 Deluxe Edition, released in September 2016. The double disc compilation album offers listeners a selection of the biggest Christian songs from 2015/2016, with six more tracks added to the already staggering list of 33 songs, for the deluxe edition.
The album features familiar names like Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp, MercyMe and the sparkling Francesca Battistelli with her ballad, If We’re Honest.
Chris Tomlin’s 2016 Dove Song of the Year, Good Good Father, written by Housefire’s Pat Barrett is one of the opening tracks of the album. Another Dove winner, Lauren Daigle, who nabbed the 2016 Dove Artist of the Year award, is also featured with her pop offering, Trust In You.
Christian music songbird, Natalie Grant, brings her power ballade, Be One. Newbie, Nichole Nordeman is featured with poignant track, Slow Down, which is more of an ode to her children than a worship song, but a beautiful composition none the less.
Some of my favorites include MercyMe’s catchy pop infused praise track, Flawless and a beautiful offering from Matthew West, called Grace Wins. I quite enjoyed being introduced to Hollyn, with track Alone. This upbeat song had me bopping along, as I got into a chorus that says: “Don’t leave me, leave me alone/Bust down the door of my heart like it’s your home.” It’s definitely something that I would allow my teenager to listen to.
The always outstanding Chris Quilala makes an appearance with Jesus Culture track, Fierce and Christian music newcomer, Zach Williams, comes with his popular single, Chain Breaker.
Other tracks worth mentioning are: catchy The River by Jordan Feliz; funky dance song, Real Love by Hillsong Young&Free and a bluegrass meets rock inspired track by Crowder called Lift Your Head Weary Sinner.
The beauty and simplicity of a great compilation album is that you get to enjoy having the best of the best – a list of well-written and excellently-produced songs — all in one place. With plenty of familiar names, and some that are newer to the charts and worth watching, this edition of WOW Hits offers us just this. Wow Hits 2017 is an asset to any CD collection.