WOW Hits 2004

WOW Hits 2004

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Christian music's annual double-CD, multi-label hits compilation shows plenty of meat this time around, with heavy participation from major stars of the genre plus the addition of a few promising newcomers (Across the Sky, 12 Stones). That of course reflects the genre's beefy 2003 release schedule, and this two-CD set is just one outward example of Christian

Overview

Christian music's annual double-CD, multi-label hits compilation shows plenty of meat this time around, with heavy participation from major stars of the genre plus the addition of a few promising newcomers (Across the Sky, 12 Stones). That of course reflects the genre's beefy 2003 release schedule, and this two-CD set is just one outward example of Christian music's continued strength. The more pop-oriented Green disc features such upbeat feel-good numbers as Amy Grant's "Simple Things," Steven Curtis Chapman's "All About Love," and Chris Rice's "The Other Side of the Radio." For an edgier approach, try the Gold disc, which features Sixpence None the Richer's "Breathe Your Name," Relient K's "Getting Into You," Kutless' "Run" and "All My People" from Lil' IROCC Williams. Once again, there's something for everyone here, and the solid display of musical talent and styles should please a variety of tastes. Wow, indeed!

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Much like the Now That's What I Call Music! series, Wow Hits uses the far-reaching power of a multi-imprint major label (in this case, EMI Christian Music Group) to secure hits that span every genre of CCM. Over two discs and 30 songs (plus three bonus tracks), Wow Hits 2004 highlights everything from alternative and dance-pop to tasteful adult contemporary and straight-up worship music. While fans will already have most of the material here, the collection is rife with hit singles like Newsboys' "He Reigns" and ZOEgirl's "You Get Me," so it should be a fun look back at a year of witness. The set also illustrates the continued CCM trend toward placing Christian music's traditional positivism and preaching in a pop context conscious of current sounds. In other words, it's getting harder and harder to pick out Christian rock while scanning the left-of-dial radio stations on a road trip. FFH's "You Found Me" is an effervescent, AAA-style number that isn't far from the sculpted pop of a guy like Jason Mraz, while the arrangement for Jaci Velasquez' "You're My God" is truly inspired, featuring piano, programmed drums, an enormous chorus, and an even better bridge. Wow Hits 2004's second disc continues the modernization trend, kicking off with a live version of Third Day's "Nothing Compares" and moving through the punk-pop of Relient K, Stacie Orrico's ultramodern "Stuck" (which might mark the first use of the phrase "I ain't trippin'" in Christian music), and "Phenomenon," which features dc Talk's Toby McKeehan doing a Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines and getting his squeaky clean rap-rock on as Tobymac. Later, Out of Eden steals the show with the hard-edged neo-soul/gospel hybrid "Love, Peace & Happiness," but the pep rally dance-pop of Jump5's "Why Do I Do" is pretty hard to deny, too. Wow Hits 2004 will certainly be enjoyable for CCM fans. But its strongest moments have the capacity to be ambassadors to the secular music community.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Wow Gospel Hits
UPC:
0724359065229
catalogNumber:
90652

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. He Reigns
  2. Spoken For
  3. Simple Things
  4. All About Love
  5. Great Light of the World
  6. Lord Have Mercy
  7. Day by Day
  8. You Found Me
  9. Everything to Me
  10. Legacy
  11. You're My God
  12. Sing Alleluia
  13. Only Hope
  14. You Are a Child of Mine
  15. The Other Side of the Radio
  16. My Heart Goes Out
  17. Masquerade

Disc 2

  1. Nothing Compares
  2. You Get Me
  3. Getting into You
  4. Stuck
  5. Phenomenon
  6. Breathe Your Name
  7. The Valley Song (Sing of Your Mercy)
  8. I Thank You
  9. Love, Peace & Happiness
  10. The Way I Feel
  11. I Still Believe
  12. Run
  13. Why Do I Do
  14. Pierced
  15. By Surprise
  16. All My People

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Steven Curtis Chapman   Composer,Producer
Amy Grant   Composer
Charlie Peacock   Producer
Michael W. Smith   Producer
Jim Cooper   Producer
Chris Eaton   Composer
Keith Thomas   Producer
Linda Elias   Composer
Dallas Austin   Producer
Jay Baumgardner   Producer
Bridget Benenate   Composer
Todd Collins   Composer,Producer
Paul Fox   Producer
Matthew Gerrard   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mark Hammond   Producer
Steve Hindalong   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Monroe Jones   Producer
James Katina   Composer
Kenny Lamb   Producer
Toby McKeehan   Composer
Lynn Nichols   Composer
William Owsley   Composer
Joy Williams   Composer
Scott Williamson   Producer
Ben Wisch   Producer
Mark Townsend   Producer
Jars of Clay   Producer
Rebecca St. James   Composer
Dan Haseltine   Composer,Liner Notes
Charles Wesley   Composer
Ben Cissell   Composer
Peter Furler   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Otto Price   Composer
Aaron Sprinkle   Producer
Third Day   Composer
Jaci Velasquez   Composer
Tedd T.   Producer
Dillon O'Brian   Composer
Caedmon's Call   Producer
Matt Bronleewe   Producer
Charlie Lowell   Composer
Bob Herdman   Composer
Mark Stuart   Composer
Matt Serletic   Producer
Chris Rice   Composer
Matt Odmark   Composer
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Matt Slocum   Composer,Producer
Mac Powell   Liner Notes
Mark Schultz   Composer
Kyle Matthews   Composer
Will McGinniss   Composer
Sue Smith   Composer
Nichole Nordeman   Composer
Tyler Burkum   Composer
Ed Cash   Producer
Christa Wells   Composer
Bebo Norman   Composer,Producer
Aaron Sands   Composer
Jeromy Deibler   Composer,Liner Notes
Pete Kipley   Composer,Producer
Stacie Orrico   Composer
Incorporated Elements   Producer
Ric Robbins   Composer
Chrissy Conway   Composer,Liner Notes
Alisa Girard   Composer
Kristin Swinford   Composer
tobyMac   Producer
Steve "Steev" Taylor   Producer
Eric Weaver   Composer
Kevin Dorr   Composer
Josh Moore   Producer
Kutless   Composer
Marc Byrd   Composer
Libby Hodges   Liner Notes
Jeremy Camp   Composer
Nathan Cochran   Composer,Liner Notes
Mike Scheuchzer   Composer
Bart Millard   Composer
Robby Shaffer   Composer
Kevin Kadish   Composer
Chuck Butler   Composer
Justin Unger   Composer,Liner Notes
Joshua Sage Newman   Art Direction,Illustrations,Cover Design
Andy Dodd   Producer
Math   Producer
Steve Merkel   Composer
Adam Watts   Producer
Paul McCoy   Liner Notes
Randall Goodgame   Composer,Liner Notes
Melissa Greene   Liner Notes
Matthew Thiessen   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Jon Micah Sumrall   Liner Notes
Lisa Kimmey   Composer
Paul Meany   Composer
Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee   Composer
Jesse Butterworth   Composer
Warren Barfield   Composer
Shaun Shankel   Producer
Jim Bryson   Composer

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WOW Hits 2004 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be the greatest collection of christian music ever. A two-disk set, the green disk has some great hits with Steven Curtis Chapman's "All about love" and others. The gold disk has a lot of popular styles that will appeal to any one. Tobymac is spectacular in "Phenomenon", and Jump5 has a catchy, bouncy beat in "Why do I do". All in all, the best of the best.