Solid Greatest Hits Record
Posted September 23, 2010
By SarahFine_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Back in February of 2004, three sisters made jumped into the Christian pop/rock circuit with their first self-titled album, going under the name “BarlowGirl.” Listeners, thinking this was a direct rip-off from the hit Superchick song with the same name, soon learned, it was the farthest thing from a rip off. As a matter of fact, Rebecca, Alyssa, and Lauren Barlow WERE the Barlow girls --and they had something to say.
Skip ahead to 2010… the girls have released four successful studio albums, one Christmas project, been nominated for 19 Dove Awards, achieved multiple #1 radio hits, written a book, and toured like mad all over the globe. And while most bands don’t release greatest hits records only seven years into their carrier, BarlowGirl, once again, chose to break the mold. ‘Our Journey… So Far’ is not only a completion of BarlowGirl’s greatest hits to date, but also, a sincere thank you to the fans for all their support over the last few years.
The track list, going in chronological order (which I appriciate) starts off with what is notably the bands most well known song, ‘Never Alone’, which was named one of the most played songs on Christian radio back in 2004. The girls other hit from their first album, ‘Mirror’, also makes the album. The next few songs categorize singles from their follow up albums ‘Another Journal Entry’, and my favorite of all their work to date, ‘How Can We Be Silent’. ‘I Need You To Love Me’, ‘Let Go’, ‘Million Voices’, and ‘Here’s My Life’, just to name a few. While self-penned ‘Hallelujah (Light Has Come)‘ from their Christmas album makes an appearance, the last half of the album boasts songs off BarlowGirl’s latest album, 2009’s ‘Love And War’, including one of last year's biggest radio songs, the stirring ’Beautiful Ending’, the album concluding with a up-tempo dance remix of ‘I Need You To Love Me’.
“Best Of” albums are always tricky. Because inevitably, fans are always going to wish something was or wasn’t on the album, ‘Our Journey’ being no exception. ‘Average Girl’, BarlowGirl’s wildly popular song which speaks of their choice to not casually date around, didn’t make the cut. Surprising to me, since it is one of their most well known songs. Other suprising choices are ‘One More Round’ and ‘Our Worlds Collide’, both are amazing songs, but neither were ever singles, while ‘Harder Than The First Time’ (the bands first song released to radio) also didn’t make the cut. The track list, while suprising at times, also showcases a few hidden gems, such as ‘Grey’ off ‘Another Journal Entry’, as well the blunt ‘Come Alive’. It’s tracks like these getting highlighted that mean the world to fans.
This is a pretty solid greatest hits album. It is a fun look back to see how these girls have grown, spiritually and musically as well. Without any new songs added or more bonus remixes tacked to the end, this may not be for fans like myself who already own the entire catalog of BarlowGirl albums (unless your interested in collecting the artwork), but for people who are just discovering the group, this is a GREAT representation of who they are and what they stand for. I’d recommend it.
This album goes to show that it’s been an exciting seven years for this group, and the funny thing is… it’s only the beginning.
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