Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Lee Ann Womack
     
 

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Not only is Lee Ann Womack's Greatest Hits chockablock with state-of-the-art mainstream country smashes, but its sequence shows the artist's progression from a Reba-style country gal to a polished pop-country chanteuse. This overview underscores Womack's nuanced style, alternately marked by breathy passages and soaring displays of robustSee more details below

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Not only is Lee Ann Womack's Greatest Hits chockablock with state-of-the-art mainstream country smashes, but its sequence shows the artist's progression from a Reba-style country gal to a polished pop-country chanteuse. This overview underscores Womack's nuanced style, alternately marked by breathy passages and soaring displays of robust vocal bravado, along with the increasing complexity of her arrangements, which progress from basic contemporary country with a rock-'n'-roll edge to ambitious, layered pop-country replete with synths, strings, orchestral swoops, and velvety background voices. Regardless of the setting, though, the songs and Womack's delivery offer meaty musings on the ways of the heart and philosophical entreaties to live life to the fullest. Whether it's the classic honky-tonk strains fueling the laments of "Never Again, Again" or the tropical edge that sets up Womack's scorching remonstration on a superb reading of Rodney Crowell's "Ashes by Now," the music and the singing take care never to land in the same place twice. The career-making hit "I Hope You Dance" is a natural centerpiece here, but early, bruising fare, such as the stomping "You've Got to Talk to Me," as well as more recent entries, such as the spare, driving take on Buddy & Julie Miller's "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger" and a lilting, string-rich duet with Willie Nelson on "Mendocino County Line," bespeak a sharp intellect informing the interpretive choices and an open heart behind the vocals. Greatest Hits is a real winner, and a pretty good object lesson in retaining a country essence while incorporating radio-friendly pop aspects into the presentation.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released seven years and four albums after Lee Ann Womack began her career with her eponymous 1997 debut, Greatest Hits chronicles her career to date. The 14-track collection contains all of her biggest hits -- "Never Again, Again," "The Fool," "A Little Past Little Rock," "I'll Think of a Reason Later," "I Hope You Dance," "Ashes by Now" -- along with the Grammy-winning Willie Nelson duet "Mendocino County Line" from his The Great Divide album, and two solid new songs, "The Wrong Girl" and "Time for Me to Go." Although there are couple of minor singles missing -- "Buckaroo," "Why They Call It Falling," "Forever Everyday" -- Greatest Hits nevertheless offers a good summary and introduction to the first part of Womack's career, when she grew to be one of the more popular female mainstream country vocalists of the late '90s/early 2000s.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0602498615959
catalogNumber:
000188302
Rank:
27284

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Ann Womack   Primary Artist
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar,Musician
Chad Cromwell   Drums,Musician
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Musician
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Musician
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar,Musician
Buddy Miller   Background Vocals,Musician
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Musician
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Lonnie Wilson   Drums,Musician
Glenn Worf   Bass Guitar,Musician
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Musician
Jimmy Nichols   Keyboards,Musician
Rusty Danmyer   Steel Guitar,Musician

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Julie Miller   Composer
Brett Beavers   Composer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Julian King   Engineer
Buddy Miller   Composer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
Tony Lane   Composer
Lee Ann Womack   Composer,Producer
Matt Serletic   Composer,Producer
Tommy Douglas   Composer
Monty Holmes   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Jess Brown   Composer
Gene Ellsworth   Composer
Barbie Isham   Composer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Roxie Dean   Composer
David Lee   Composer
Brett Jones   Composer
Marla Suzanne Cannon   Composer
Liz Rose   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Tony Martin   Composer

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