Faith Hill - The Hits
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The Hits (Warner, 2007)

Faith Hill

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

Finally, after 14 years in the recording business and more than 30 charting songs, Faith Hill released a greatest hits plus package. The songs go all the way from "Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart," her first two singles ever from 1993 and 1994 with both going number one up to "Mississippi Girl" from 2005 plus a few new songs.

Hill had more of a country vibe starting out, but grew progressively pop (the new and catchy, but not very country "Red Umbrella"). She also has a healthy soulful/blues vibe (the new made ready for an arena and big applause of "Stronger (Live)" where she comes off more as a diva (in singing, not personality). The new song "Lost" captures the pop side of Hill. Her vocals are always strong, slightly husky with a sense of feeling, but that doesn't make this particularly country.

But she also knows her way around a country song - the lively "Mississippi Girl," the best autobiographical song she never wrote (John Rich and Adam Schoenfeld did) and "Wild One."

What's missing? "Take Me As I Am," the lighter fare of "Let's Go to Vegas" and "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" are probably the most prominent.

Hill will be recognized for her fine vocal chops in an era where country went increasingly commercial.

CDs by Faith Hill

Joy to the World, 2008 The Hits, 2007 Fireflies, 2005

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