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She’s the consummate storyteller, a singer-songwriter who is equal parts observer and autobiographer. Sara Groves has been sharing her heart and baring her soul through her music for 15 years. The Collection celebrates her career thus far, culling the best and brightest from her 10 studio albums. The two-disc set includes 23 songs from her previous album history as well as four new ... Read more in Amazon's Sara Groves Store

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  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fair Trade Services
  • ASIN: B005JJ0E44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Miracle
2. Obsolete
3. I'll Wait
4. Scientists in Japan
5. Open My Hands
6. Precious Again
7. Eyes on the Prize
8. Without Love
9. Right Now
10. Mystery
11. Finite

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Each of Sara Groves' albums have received well-deserved acclaim for her premier songwriting ability. Ten years ago, Sara's major label debut album Conversations led to her nomination for Best New Artist. She has followed up each album with her next "best" album with All Right Here and The Other Side of Something. With her three previous INO recordings (now Fair Trade Services), Add to the Beauty, Tell Me What You Know and Fireflies & Songs, Groves focused on a theme and wrote poetic commentary with songs about social justice and the impoverished. Invisible Empires is the landmark tenth album by Sara Groves. This is not Fireflies Part II according to Sara, and I agree. While not a departure from her signature piano-based style, there are several songs that are also filled with strings and guitars.

Each of her albums has always had at least one song that pulls my heart strings and brings out an emotional response. From "Maybe There's A Loving God" to "I Saw What I Saw" and "It's Me," I always expect at least one of Sara's songs to make me cry. On Invisible Empires there are several personal songs that melt my heart including "Obsolete," "I'll Wait," "Precious Again" and "Finite." There is nobody else in any genre of music including acclaimed GRAMMY Award winning singer-songwriters Adele and Sara Bareilles writing such piercing, relevant and moving songs. If you are looking for an entire album of songs like "Blessings" by Laura Story, look no further than Sara Groves. What's especially cool about this album is how Sara invites listeners into her life by sharing what's on her heart. She dwells on social issues, lays out spiritual truths and worships God all at the same time.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2011
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I'm someone who generally doesn't like Christian music, but a couple of years ago I bought a discounted download of Sara Groves' previous album, Fireflies and Songs. At the time I didn't realize Groves was a Christian singer, but once I learned that fact, it soon became irrelevant to me as I grew to love her music. Sara's song "It's Me" is the most played song on my MP3 player. What I like so much about Sara is her wonderful, sweet voice and warm singing style, and she also has captivating song arrangements on her albums.

Now there's a new Sara release, Invisible Empires, and it's another winner. Her skill as a songwriter shines through, and she shows signs of expanding her musical horizons a bit. For every few songs that sound like standard Groves material, such as the lovely "Precious Again," there's a more unusual piece like the mildly wacky "Scientists In Japan." On that tune, she integrates all kinds of speculative ideas about DNA, perpetual motion machines, and other wild stuff into a meditation on the meaning of life. (I think?) Then there's "Eyes on the Prize," a nod to the Civil Rights Movement which begins as a soulful stomp before building to an uplifting chorus. It all fits together into another excellent record from Ms Groves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BRYAN W BOCKHOP on October 18, 2011
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Each one of Sara Groves' albums has such a distinct character that one might think that they are by different artists. "Invisible Empires" is no exception. Like her other albums, it has memorable tunes, powerful lyrics and pleasant instrumentation. However, this is something different. I won't review each song on the album; however, a couple really stand out. For example, "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" opens with a civil rights era spiritual that quickly moves to connect to Paul and Silas. "Without Love," relates of the exhortations of 1 Corinthians 13, yet it is set in a beautiful matrix of song. Anyone who appreciates "To the Moon" will enjoy "Scientists in Japan," in which she exposes her delightfully quirky approach to songwriting while still delivering a deep message. I thought that "Fireflies and Songs" represented a pinnacle of a master songsmith that would be impossible to pass, but I find "Invisible Empires" to be her best. It is an amazing album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John T. Eldredge on December 6, 2011
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It would be hard for me to come up with a detailed review that would add helpful information not already well expressed.

I stumbled upon Sara on an Internet radio station about 10 years ago, and continue to be amazed with every new release because each one addresses new themes with incredible insight, honesty, simplicity and the greater depth of a growing life experience. Even so, there is no sense that one album is somehow better than another.

Think of it this way. If someone new to Sara's music asked which album they should start with, what would you say? The first? The last? While each album wrestles with different issues, the musical inventiveness is an unpredictable constant that adds to, but never interferes with, the message. And while the content continues to spread across a wider range of topics, there's never a sense that an earlier song's content somehow needed to be revised or improved. That in itself is incredible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam J. Stout on May 31, 2013
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After listening to all of Sara's albums (including her Christmas and Kids' albums) I've grown to appreciate the mixture of honesty, insight and beauty in her work. Some songs stand out on first listen, while others require multiple listens to really "get it." Invisible Empires is probably the weakest of her studio albums. Sara discloses that she struggled with writers' block throughout. A few of the songs, like "Scientists in Japan", just aren't up to her regular standards. If you are a Sara Groves fan, Invisible Empires has some solid songs (Miracle, Open My Hands, Eyes on the Prize) and you should get it. But if you're just starting, I would strongly recommend first Add to the Beauty, Conversations, or Fireflies and Songs. These albums all showcase the lyrical depth, melodic sensibility and passion that make Sara Groves a favorite at our house.
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