Greatest Hits lives up to its title, offering the bulk of Tim McGraw's big hits over the course of its 15 tracks. Thankfully, there are no new recordings to bait hardcore fans -- just "Let's Make Love," the duet with Faith Hill that originally appeared on her Breathe album. Consequently, this is one of the rare modern-day incidences of a Greatest Hits that really offers all the hits, and nothing but, which not only makes it a boon to fans, but also makes it the most consistent record in McGraw's catalog.
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For better or worse, McGraw's success marks him as one of the standard-bearers of modern mainstream country, his uptempo material reflecting the melding of '70s rock quotes with hard country thrust, his ballads leaning on the tried-and-true arena rock formula of whispered verses exploding into Wagnerian orchestral choruses. Greatest Hits does an exemplary job of mapping those two poles in McGraw's most successful work. Ten of the album's 15 cuts were No. 1 singles, and three of the four others were Top 10. All in all, it's an impressive representation of the McGraw juggernaut, beginning with his controversial breakthrough single "Indian Outlaw," and encompassing such monster hits as "Where the Green Grass Grows," the Rodney Crowell/Will Jennings power ballad "Please Remember Me," and the powerful duet with his bride Faith Hill, "It's Your Love." Given the reception audiences have afforded McGraw on his sold-out "Soul 2 Soul 2000" tour with Ms. Hill, the near future seems likely to offer more where this came from.