Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Kathy Troccoli
     
 

Kathy Troccoli's diva-licious vibrato has brought the singer numerous accolades in her 21-year career. Troccoli first made a name for herself as a crossover dance-pop star; her sparkling production and use of words like "You" and "Love" as euphemisms for God had her poised to take on Amy Grant as the nascent Christian pop genre's first crossover sensation. … See more details below

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Kathy Troccoli's diva-licious vibrato has brought the singer numerous accolades in her 21-year career. Troccoli first made a name for herself as a crossover dance-pop star; her sparkling production and use of words like "You" and "Love" as euphemisms for God had her poised to take on Amy Grant as the nascent Christian pop genre's first crossover sensation. Ironically, some of Troccoli's most convincing Christian performances are from this era: the Diane Warren-penned smash hit "Everything Changes" and "Mission of Love," both offered here, are two prime examples. Regardless, by the mid-'90s Troccoli made herself over as a strictly inspirational singer. "I Will Choose Christ" and "Love Has a Name" are two fine pop-inspirational selections found on this retrospective. The subsequent years have seen Troccoli perform in a torchier style, often overwhelming her songs with heavy drama. A new recording of her earlier hit "Stubborn Love" and "You're the Heart of Me" off her 2002 release are examples of this more ham-fisted approach. With 14 tracks, Greatest Hits covers a lot of ground, though, and it's easy to overlook a few low points when Troccoli's gifts are so resplendent throughout.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Kathy Troccoli began her successful recording career in 1982 when Reunion Records issued her immediate hit album, Stubborn Love. Over the next 20 years she amassed numerous number one hits on the contemporary Christian singles chart, made 12 solo albums, and even had a couple of songs cross over onto the mainstream pop charts. Adding to her legacy, Reunion finally issued a well-deserved Greatest Hits disc that celebrates one of CCM's most popular vocalists and songwriters. Troccoli's voice has always been the main attraction as her deep, smoky tones uniquely envelope songs of inspiration and worship that comfort like a warm blanket. It also helps that she has the ability to both write and choose material that matches her instrument to great effect as heard on the majestic "A Different Road," where she confidently leads a surging orchestra and choir without resorting to the kind of vocal pyrotechnics used by her pop diva counterparts. The same could be said for the newly recorded version of her 1984 song "Holy Holy." Originally a slight, chugging '80s synth track, Troccoli transforms the painfully dated song with a beautiful arrangement and performance that easily becomes one of the best in her catalog. The title track from Stubborn Love also gets a makeover with fine results while the balance of the songs retain their original hit versions. With such an extensive catalog, Reunion should already be issuing a second volume of Troccoli's hits, as the mere 14 songs on Greatest Hits are not enough to cover the breadth of her career; and since space on a single disc is limited, omissions have been made. While Troccoli's biggest crossover hit is included, the Diane Warren-penned "Everything Changes," her other pop entry, "Tell Me Where It Hurts," is missing from the lineup along with other major CCM hits. Nonetheless, this is a fine collection that should please fans as well as newcomers who are discovering the gifts of song and inspiration offered by Troccoli.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
Label:
Reunion
UPC:
0602341007528
catalogNumber:
10075
Rank:
4299

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathy Troccoli   Primary Artist
Leanne Albrecht   Background Vocals
Dave Cleveland   Acoustic Guitar
Gordon Kennedy   Electric Guitar
Michael Mellett   Background Vocals
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals
LeAnne Palmore   Background Vocals
Nirva Dorsaint   Background Vocals
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals
Fiona Mellett   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Peter Bunetta   Producer
Rick Chudacoff   Producer
Nathan DiGesare   Producer
Chris Harris   Producer
Blair Masters   Programming
Michael Mellett   Vocal Arrangements
Michael Omartian   Producer
Rick Wake   Producer
Tony McAnany   Producer
Hank Nirider   Digital Editing
Matt Baugher   Executive Producer
Bernie Herms   Programming
Stephanie McBrayer   Art Direction

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