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Beautiful: The Hits Collection [edit]
by Bethany Barnard (Dillon) | Genre: AC/Inspo | Release Date: August 09, 2011

Bethany Dillon's debut album in 2004 was a smash hit which garnered several #1 radio singles ("Beautiful," "All I Need"), top 5 singles ("Lead Me On"), and established her as the "new voice" in CCM music. The depth and maturity of Bethany's lyrics and music (who was 16 yrs old at the time) took the Christian music community and artist community by storm.

Her second release, Imagination, saw 2 more radio hits ("All That I Can Do," "Dreamer") as well as landing the title song in the major motion picture Dreamer.

Bethany released two more highly-acclaimed albums before taking a break to raise her family. >Beautiful: The Hits Collection is the first documentation of all Bethany's radio hits and also includes rare, hard to find tracks including two Christmas songs that were never released on CD.

Track Listing
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01. Beautiful
02. All I Need
03. Lead Me On
04. For My Love
05. Dreamer
06. Hallelujah
07. All That I Can Do (CHR Mix)
08. I Believe In You
09. Holy Is The Lord
10. Hero
11. Let Your Light Shine (Radio Version)
12. When You Love Someone
13. Everyone To Know
14. How Great Is Our God

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justink (115)

Again? | Posted August 09, 2011
Normally this is a sign that an artist is not going to be putting out any more new music. We've already had a "greatest hits" collection from Mrs. Dillon once before- so since there is hardly anything new on it- i guess you could just say- she's still got great songs. 

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I love your music! | Posted July 17, 2011
Hey Bethany! I just love all your songs and have all cds! :) I can't wait to hear some new songs! My favorite songs are, Beautiful and Let your light shine. :)) Keep making great music!!!!!!!!!!! :) Hope to see u in concert one day!

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LampaFan (182)

Another so-so greatest hits album from an artist that deserves more... | Posted May 14, 2011

For over seven years, Bethany Dillon has been one of the defining women in Christian music. With five albums and a handful of hits to her name, Bethany is known for her earthy, acoustic sound that is perfect for sunny days.

Beautiful: The Hits Collection is the first greatest hits album released by Bethany and it’s an interesting mix of music. The album starts out with the title track from her debut album self-titled album. “Beautiful” is a lovely song about honoring and blessing God. One of her biggest hits, it fits nicely here and works well as the title of the collection. “All I Need” comes next. Arguably her biggest hit of all time, this bouncy little ditty is a praiseful song about God’s love.

“Lead Me On” is a fantastic rendition of Amy Grant’s number-one hit. Bethany’s vocals fit the song well and the production as an updated, rock feel to it. “For My Love” is a beautiful song about Bethany’s then future husband (as she is married now). It’s a nice track, although I feel “Great Big Mystery” or “Exodus”, also from her debut, would have worked just as well.

After the four tracks from her debut, the album launches right into her sophomore album Imagination. Imagination was, in my opinion, a very dry album with only a few interesting tracks. “Dreamer” is one of the better tracks from the album. Used in the film Dreamer starring Dakota Fanning, the song is very reminiscent of “All I Need”.

“Hallelujah” is a worshipful hit from Imagination that sounds strangely similar to Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway”. “All That I Can Do”, the biggest hit and my favorite track from Imagination, is an exciting pop/rock track that resembles Rebecca St. James or Joy Williams.

The final representation of Imagination is the track “I Believe In You”. This one of the most boring tracks from the album and feels very generic. “New” or “Vagabond” would have been a much better choice, but like I said, the pickings from Imagination are thin.

Two of the “rare” tracks follow. This marketing campaign of 4 “rare” tracks is a little misleading considering you can get all four songs off of iTunes individually. However, “Holy is the Lord” and “Hero” are both fantastic tracks that are definitely worthy enough to be included.

Dillon’s third album, Waking Up was her absolute best in my opinion and it’s sad to see that only tracks are lifted from it. “Let Your Light Shine” is an absolutely stunning piano-led ballad and “When You Love Someone” is a jingly pop/country tune. However, where is lead single “The Kingdom”? It’s absolutely nowhere to be found, which is quite a shame.

Even more distasteful is the shunning of Bethany’s fourth album Stop & Listen. Another solid release, only lead single “Everyone to Know” is included (which is fantastic). Where is “Stop & Listen” or “Get Up and Walk”? Two very strong songs that would have made great inclusions.

The final track of the album is a cover of “How Great Is Our God”, which is a nice addition and a soft closing to the album.

Overall, the album could have been much worse, but Beautiful is still not a perfect release. Bethany could have easily squeeze three or more songs on the album, preferably from her last two albums and maybe “We Can Work It Out” from 2008’s So Far: The Acoustic Sessions, which has no inclusions. This is a probably an album worthy of skipping unless you are just discovering Bethany or are a diehard fan needing to complete your collection.

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