Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Sara Evans
     
 
With a bitter D-I-V-O-R-C-E and an abortive run at TV's Dancing with the Stars behind her, Nashville songbird Sara Evans presents her greatest hits, bolstered by a new recording, the single "As If."

Overview

With a bitter D-I-V-O-R-C-E and an abortive run at TV's Dancing with the Stars behind her, Nashville songbird Sara Evans presents her greatest hits, bolstered by a new recording, the single "As If."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Sara Evans wasted no time getting back to what she does best in the music game after her divorce. While it's true that this is a compilation released just a week after the messy event was final, this set arrived and four of its 14 cuts are new tracks. There are some real problems with assembling a collection like this: for starters it contains not a single cut from her excellent debut, Three Chords and the Truth, issued in 1997. Greatest Hits is essentially every big single, but ignores some of the also-rans in favor of new songs. That's fine and its accurate, but it feels incomplete. The new cuts are part of the problem: the album opens with "As If," an anthemic but generic love song written with Hillary Lindsey and John Shanks, who produced all the new cuts (and you can be sure at least two of them will end up on her next studio effort). The cut is full of big, compressed guitars and muted, programmed-sounding drums -- despite the fact that Evans has one of the best bands in the business. Her own amazing voice is covered over by the production, and the lyrics coming out at this particular time are sure to invite speculation -- but perhaps that's part of the game plan. Nashville's publicity game is as savvy as L.A.'s or New York's, no matter what they show on the surface. The bottom line is the track doesn't cut it. It might even be a hit because Evans fans are notoriously faithful (and they should be, for she hasn't let them down yet, but this effort is still substandard for such a fine writer). The other new cuts, which make up the last three on the disc, are also co-written with Shanks, along with either Aimee Mayo, Lindsey, and Matt Evans (right, her brother). "I Love You with All My Heart" is another big love song, but it fares far better than "As If." It contains drama and is dynamic despite its rather hopelessly compressed acoustic and electric guitar sound (that makes everything sound thin). It's almost as if Shanks is going for a contemporary country version of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound, with a million guitars, big fiddles, layered pianos, drums, and a flat-sounding bassline that just keeps time. Whatever it is, it doesn't work. Evans, who is a truly gifted singer and an excellent judge of her own production, must have had a hard year to let this guy touch her music. But the melody redeems the track, and its feel in large part is more emotive and less contrived than its predecessor. "Pray for You" is an honest-to-goodness country song, and this feels like Evans at her strongest. It's a story-song, full of memory, longing, and reflection. The melody is quite beautiful, and Evans allows her voice to let the song guide it rather than shoving the song through the band's racket. The closer, "Some Things Never Change," is another country-rock tune with reedy fiddles (that didn't have to be), but Evans' lyric turns on a dime and allows the narrative to tell itself. She offers a portrait of everyday life that feels desirable, even enough to be yearned for. The instrumentation is still gummed up, but there is a more organic, less slick presentation here; in fact, the piano actually sounds like one, and the singer is allowed the range of her voice to get above the accompaniment. Hopefully this is where she's heading on her next record and hopefully she finds someone else to produce or do it herself. As for the "Greatest Hits" part of this, the title track from No Place That Far is here, as are the first four cuts from Born to Fly, "Suds in the Bucket" from Restless, and three from Real Fine Place (the title cut, "Cheatin'," and of course, "You'll Always Be My Baby"). It's a mixed bag: you get some great songs all together, and some new ones. Unfortunately, only half of them approach the true worth of Evans' artistry.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886970877022
catalogNumber:
708770
Rank:
13581

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Evans   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Paul Bushnell   Electric Bass
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Cello,Harmonium,Viola,Upright Bass
John Shanks   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Ashley Evans Simpson   Background Vocals
Matt Evans   Background Vocals
Hillary Lindsey   Background Vocals
Jeff Rothchild   Drums

Technical Credits

Radney Foster   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Charles Judge   Programming
Darrell Scott   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Paul Worley   Producer
George Ducas   Composer
Mark Bright   Producer
Brett James   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Billy Montana   Composer
Sara Evans   Composer,Producer
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Matt Evans   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Jeff Rothchild   Programming
Victoria Banks   Composer

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Greatest Hits 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Omg i just love this cd that sara has put together as her greatest hits. There are 4 new songs on the cd that are just amazing! her current single "as if" is included on sara's greatest hits! sara is the best single ever!! you should really buy this cd! you will not regret it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Sara Evans...she was always overshadowed by the current "star of the moment" for awards, such as Gretchen Wilson, Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack. But her music is amazing. She had a rough year where obviously her focus was on her children and not her music. I was not surprised to see a GH album, but I was surprised to see 4 new songs on it. And all 4 new songs are amazing! I especially like "As If", and "Pray for you." She is proud of her Christian Faith, but she is never overpowering with it. The hits on the CD are great too, spanning from No Place That Far, to Cheatin. My only issue with the CD is that is does not contain the title track from her excellent debut CD, Three Cords and the Truth. I also am not a fan of Greatest Hits albums where the track list is jumbled...I like it when the hits are in chronological order, such as from the earliest hit on through the newer songs, or vice versa. You really notice how an artist has grown over the course of their career with that type of track list, but that is a minor issue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its the BEST CD EVER i love all the songs and sara evans is my favorite singer i don't like slow songs but when she sings slow songs THERE AMAZING my favorite songs are all of them she is the best singer EVER!!!!!!!
Hilnotsoduff92 More than 1 year ago
It's also a great CD to listen to in the car!
It's puts you in a fun dancing mood! <3
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