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WOW Hits and X 2007

Reviewed by Adrian B. Martinez

"...perfect if you are just starting to build your collection, adding to an established collection or have someone you want to introduce to Christian music."

WOW Hits 2007 marks the 11th Anniversary of the 15 million units sold (and counting) for Christian Music’s best-selling series. As its tag line truthfully states, WOW truly does offer something for every music fan including hits from Pop, Rock, Adult Contemporary and Worship genres.

This two-disc set features 30 of the year’s best from such artists as: Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, TobyMac, Third Day, Jars of Clay, Newsboys, Relient K, BarlowGirl, newcomer to Christian music Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell, Rebecca St. James, and many more. Also featured on bonus tracks are Ayiesha Woods, Leeland and Group 1 Crew.

While the WOW series makes every effort to include from various genres, the X series makes no bones about what target group they are trying to attract: the Contemporary Christian Rocker. This 21 song set boasts a roster that includes: Skillet, Falling Up, Audio Adrenaline (in what appears to be their final bow on such lists), David Crowder Band, Hawk Nelson, MXPX and more. The X series also gives an opportunity for newcomers like Last Tuesday, Future of Forestry, House of Heroes and Run Kid Run to shine.

Aside from the obvious differences in musical selections, both the WOW and X series’ include the hits of the moment. WOW included twelve #1 singles, while the X series featured Brand New songs from Seventh Day Slumber, Jeremy Camp and Thousand Foot Krutch, just to name a few. Both offer a companion DVD of music videos as a separate purchase, and the X series is in the process of creating a tour that would include some of the artists in their series (check out their myspace page here)

In the age of the digital download, I truly favored the jacket information on the WOW series in that they included artists statements (albeit brief) surrounding their featured song. For example, Brian Littrell of Reunion Records had this to say about his song “Welcome Home (You)”: “The song itself talks about the relationship I have with my heavenly father…”

“This catchy, pop tune is meant to encourage, uplift and remind listeners that we have a reason to smile when we consider how blessed we are”, is what Ayiesha Woods of Gotee Records had to say about her song “Happy”.

On the X series album, a happy surprise personally was a renewed appreciation in the music of Skillet. From the album Comatose “Rebirthing” simply blew me away. In the instance of this song, I would have loved to read a little more than the album title, song writer and producer information. Each selection does include links to artist web-sites which inevitably sparked my interest.

As a result of both the WOW and X series, my music collection now boasts many full-length CD’s simply because of the single song I heard on each compilation. They are perfect if you are just starting to build your collection, adding to an established collection or have someone you want to introduce to Christian Music.

Adrian B. Martinez: "Music and Movies, Movies and Music, always the twain shall meet" is Adrian B. Martinez's motto; a displaced New Yorker living in Connecticut. A complete Movie nut, Adrian was responsible for writing movie synopsis' for Loews Movie Theater's for over 5 years. At any given time that would be a synopsis for over 25 movies in one week. Whew! Nowadays, she is a regular in the Press area for the Creation Festival and Purple Door Festival. To keep her in the lifestyle she has become accustomed, she does web-design for DelMonico Hatter in New Haven, Ct. and serves as a Supervisor for the Hartford Civic Center, also in Ct. An avid traveler, Adrian has been to Europe numerous times and can be seen criss-crossing the United States in her re-furbished 1974 Orange Volkswagen Vanagon which has allowed her to participate in her favorite past-time, meeting new people….When she does take the time to stop, she spends her time with a very handsome man that goes by the name of Zorro. He can be seen sleeping on the couch, bed, bathing in the sunlight on a window ledge or anywhere else that he deems comfortable. Zorro of course, is her cat.