Ranging from 1971's "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" to 2000's "Actress," Anthology traces Carly Simon's evolution from confessional singer-songwriter to hit-making pop artist to skillful soundtrack contributor and interpreter. Comprising two CDs, each more than 75 minutes long, the set encompasses both the familiar and the neglected. The first disc covers Simon's first decade, when her popularity was at its peak. Out of the gate, she established herself as a smart and keen writer with hits such as "Anticipation," leading to a Best New Artist Grammy in 1971. She wrote one of the all-time great poison-pen songs in "You're So Vain," with backing vocals from Mick Jagger, who may or may not be the song's subject. Her duets with then-husband James Taylor, the joyous "Mockingbird" and the heartfelt "Devoted to You," still sound fresh, as do the jazzy "Older Sister," the heartwarming "Nobody Does It Better," and the slinky "You Belong to Me." Through the '80s and '90s, Simon's greatest successes came in writing songs for films; the songs have held up better than the films, including "Coming Around Again" from Heartburn, "Let the River Run" from Working Girl, and "Two Little Sisters" from Marvin's Room. Simon also explored torch songs -- the string-laden "Not a Day Goes By" and Rodgers & Hart's "My Romance" are here -- and became a fixture on Adult Contemporary radio. Anthology concludes with "Scar" and "Actress," two sharply-observed narratives from 2000's Bedroom Tapes, which returned Simon to the acoustic, confessional mode of her early work, plus a bonus treat of a 1995 live recording of "Touched by the Sun." Ultimately, Anthology does equal justice to Carly Simon's smoky, seductive voice and her sharp songwriting.