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Posted October 1, 2010
Skip the hits, go for the extras
On ''The Best of Mary Black, Vol. 2'', Mary chronicles her long-desired achievement to be a singer from Ireland rather than an Irish singer. Her early career was filled with beautiful renditions of traditional songs and new material that let her beautiful voice radiate. On Vol. 2, the material, most of it pop and middle-of-the-road, simply doesn't measure up to Mary's talent. The updated ''Song For Ireland 2001'', with the edges rounded out and her bold reading muffled, showcases the transition of Mary's material from showstopping to merely pleasant. The second disc, however, features some real jewels, including live takes of ''I Say A Little Prayer'' and ''Ring Them Bells'' (the latter with Joan Baez).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.