#3 Album Of 2011 | Posted December 26, 2011 Staff Reviewer
With her sophomore album, Francesca Battistelli proves she's an artist that will be with us for as long as she desires to make music. From her relatable, real-to-everyday-life lyrics, to her unique, approachable and beautiful delivery that transfers easily between pop songs, folk tunes and ballads, Francesca is proving to be Christian Music's reigning female artist, quickly building quick an impressive career and ministry.
It's tough to choose highlights on Hundred More Years
. The first half of the album is packed with hit songs, some of which have already dominated at radio. "This Is The Stuff" and "Motion Of Mercy" have already been radio mainstays and "Constant" and "You Never Are" will provide future hits. "Angel By Your Side" is easily one of her best songs to date and has the potential to be a crossover senstation into mainstream..
Francesca pulls from recent life experiences for the rest of the album like getting married and having her first child, which may leave some desiring more overt spiritual content. However, this is certainly an album full of positive hope, pure love and biblical principles. "So Long" talks about saying goodbye to lonely living, and while there's no clear indication of if she's singing to God or her new love, it's a song about companionship and God has certainly wired us to cling to one another and not travel this world alone. "Don't Miss It" is song that encourages us to slow down, breathe and embrace the day to day moments in life that we take from granted. "Worth It" talks about the toughness of constant love we're called to give out and the reality that we will all need pure love some day. The title track should bring any parent to tears. It's a beautiful reminder to cherish the moments we have with our children.
Overall, Francesca answers on her recent Dove Awards for Artist of the Year as well as Best Female Vocalist and has delivered one of the best albums of 2011 that you can't miss.