Jump5 – The Very Best of Jump5

It may seem a bit premature, but after five years and six successful projects (five studio albums and one remix collection), the group Jump5 has released their first greatest hits CD, the aptly-titled The Very Best of Jump5. This collection of twelve tracks contains all of their radio hits, along with three brand new “soon-to-be hit” songs.
The group’s debut single ”Spinnin’ Around” starts off the disc. The track gets the dance party started, and is soon followed by another radio favorite, “Throw Your Hands Up” (from 2002’s All The Time In The World). The first of three new songs, “Don’t Run Away”, comes up next. This guitar-driven pop rocker clearly shows the musical direction these talented teens wish to pursue, and builds upon the more organic sound featured on last year’s Dreaming In Color. One non-album track appears on the collection, a cover of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” (recorded for the DVD release). “Beautiful To Me”, another new track (co-written by Ian Eskelin), features some more driving power pop and a simple, yet powerful chorus (“I’ve gotta tell you / You’re beautiful to me / I’ve gotta show you / That you were made to be / Wonderful, can’t you see / You’re beautiful to me”).
The catchy “All I Can Do” and the patriotic “God Bless The U.S.A.” follow, alongside the infectious pop of “Do Ya” (originally recorded by Michelle Tumes) and a cover of the dance floor classic “We Are Family.” Closing out the disc are two tracks from last year’s Dreaming In Color (“Dance with Me” and “It’s A Beautiful World”), as well as the last new song, a cover of the Michael W. Smith classic “Friends.” Giving the CCM classic a fresh, musical twist, Jump5 successfully introduce the song to a whole new generation of listeners.

While this disc might not be for everyone, it does serve as a must for any of the group’s fans (for the three new tunes), as well as a good starting point for new ones. My only complaint with the collection is the number of tracks included; perhaps they could have thrown in a couple of remixes. Enjoy!

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