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Label: Sparrow Records
Length: 15 tracks/1:06:12 minutes
Well, the Dove Awards for 2002 have come and gone, and before hand Sparrow Records put together the first of many Dove Award compilation albums.
This album is full of songs that were nominated for Dove Awards this year from your favorite Christian Artists. For example, you’ll hear songs from Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day, tobyMac, Rebecca St. James, ZOEgirl, Mark Schultz, Nichole Nordemen, and lots more!
As well as all of these artists, the final track is definitely a cool one! Track 15 is the famous “In God We Trust” single, where over 50 artists come together and create an amazing song. And sixteen of the fifty have solos; including all three dc Talk members, Michael W. Smith, Rachael Lampa, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Stuart (of Audio Adrenaline), and more.
One of the problems I have with the album is they changed the track list before its release! Before tobyMac’s track was to be “Extreme Days,” but now is “Somebody’s Watching” (one of the least favorites). Michael W. Smith’s “Above All” was going to be on the album, it’s now gone and he doesn’t have a song…period! Just things like that. If they stuck with the original list this album would have been better, but it’s still a good album nonetheless.
So in short, if you want a compilation album to hold you until Wow 2003, then Dove Hits 2002 is definitely the one to pick up; it has loads of great songs. Sure, there are a few poor ones, but it’s still a great album overall.
Josh McConnell 6/2/2002
On April 9 Sparrow Records released Dove Hits 2002: 16 of the Year's Best Dove Award-Nominated Artists and Songs - one of the most complete compilation CDs around thanks to its mix of popular artists, songs and its musical diversity.
The CD starts with "Live
Out Loud" (Steven Curtis Chapman) just as the actual Dove Awards did; the
song gives a fun and energetic opening for the celebration of some of the
years best CCM artists. Following is "Come Together," Third Day's hit song
from their most recent album. Third Day rightfully won several awards this
year, and presented an incredible performance of this song. Other top winners
of the year also included on the album include ZOEgirl ("With All of My
Heart") and Nicole C. Mullen ("Call on Jesus"). Other Dove performers featured
are Yolanda dams (who was also MC), Shaun Groves, Point of Grace and tobyMac.
The album also includes the bonus track "In God We Trust," which, acording
to the promo material, "was commissioned by the Gospel Music Association
The only major disappointments of the album are that it does not include the song that gave one of the most inspirational and lyrically touching performances at the Doves by MercyME, "I Can Only Imagine," and that Artist of the Year Michael W. Smith is not represented.
Overall it is a genuine hit album - one for any CCM music fans to have!
Jessica Heikoop 7/8/2002