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article imageReview: Francesca Battistelli back with new album 'If We're Honest' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 22, 2014 in Music
Grammy-nominated Christian songstress Francesca Battistelli released her new studio album "If We're Honest" on April 22.
She co-wrote 10 out of the 11 songs on the album, and the deluxe edition comes with four additional tunes "Holy Spirit," "Keeping Score," "I Am Home" and "Tonight." The album was produced by her longstanding producer Ian Eskelin.
It opens with her Top 5 single "Write Your Story," which is about letting one's life be open to whatever story God wants to write for them. "Come on and write Your story, write Your story, Won't You write Your story on my heart," she sings.
The upbeat "When the Crazy Kicks In" is about finding balance in one's life before things get too crazy. One of my favorite tracks is the infectious "He Knows My Name" which is about wanting to be famous where it matters most: in the eyes of the Lord. "He calls me chosen, free forgiven, wanted, child of the King, His forever, held in treasure. I am loved, I don't need my name in lights, I'm famous in my Father's eyes," she sings, showcasing her mellifluous vocals.
"Unusual" has a youthful message to it and "Choose to Love" is about the right choices one should try and make in life. An equally powerful message for anybody who feels lost may be found in "Run to Jesus."
"Find Rest" is a solid song that should be played in church as a worship hymn and the piano-driven title track "If We're Honest," features her controlled, gentle and sultry vocals.
In "Hands of God," Battistelli collaborates with Matt Hammitt, the lead singer of the Christian-rock group Sanctus Real, where he nails the harmonies. Both musicians co-wrote this inspirational song together. It has a strong message that every time one person helps one another, it is a sign of the "hands of God." This duet is another favorite for sure.
It closes with "We Are the Kingdom," which sums up what the album is about: a celebration of God and his kingdom here on Earth.
The Verdict
Whether it's a Christmas album, or a new studio effort such as If We're Honest, Francesca Battistelli proves that she can sing it all. It is one of the best Christian albums that I have heard by a female artist since Dara Maclean's Wanted. What I love about this album is that it is not overdone from an instrumental standpoint, and she allows her rich lyrics to shine throughout, coupled by her polished and crystalline vocals. It garners 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on Francesca Battistelli and her new CD, check out her website.
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