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A Decade of Devotion
Posted October 31, 2017
By PhillFeltham_NRT, Staff Reviewer


Usually the release of a "Best Of" project marks the achievement of a number of noteworthy singles and albums. Francesca Battistelli has joined that musical elite with her 'best of' collection, Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years.
 
Battistelli's 15-track collection chronicles her musical career from 2008 to present. It starts with her 2008 release My Paper Heart, then 2011's Hundred More Years, and finally her 2014 album If We're Honest. It also includes two new songs: "There's No Other Name" and the Christmas-themed "Messiah."

Francesca Battistelli knows how to sing a power ballad. "Beautiful, Beautiful," "Angel By Your Side" and "To Be Honest" are mood-swinging anthems. These soothing songs remind me of Chantal Kreviazuk's "Feels Like Home" and Celine Dion's "The Power of Love." While Battistelli's range is different, she sings with passion.

All songs from the span of her career share a common denominator: they're all about Jesus. Some songs, like "Angel By Your Side," speaks to the broken: "I can't say that everything's okay /'Cause I can see the tears you're crying / And I can't promise to take the pain away / But you can know I won't stop trying / I'll be the angel by your side."

Music lovers can appreciate any five-star vocalist. But each song sung carries a message, from heartbreak to devotion. Battistelli's songs are edifying to the ears. Take "Giants Fall," which clearly is a reference to King David's confrontation with Goliath, for example: "With God you know that anything's possible / So step into the fight / He's right there by your side / The stones inside your hand might be too small / But watch the giants fall."

To be honest, I didn't know a lot about Francesca Battistelli's music before listening to her greatest hits. However, as I listened to each track, I experienced a relationship grow between myself and her music.

The Bottom Line: Beyond a doubt, Francesca Battistelli will continue releasing quality songs like those found in her first decade of work. If you're not familiar with Francesca Battistelli's music, then her greatest hits is a great way to become an instant fan. I know I did.

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"There's No Other Name"


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