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Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

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by Trisha Yearwood
Fifteen cuts representing ten years of enduring hits, plus two superb new numbers recorded especially for this collection -- that makes for one of the most satisfying greatest hits outings in recent memory, courtesy the artist who qualifies as one of the finest -- if not the finest -- song stylists of her generation. As well, this collection pays homage to one of the


Fifteen cuts representing ten years of enduring hits, plus two superb new numbers recorded especially for this collection -- that makes for one of the most satisfying greatest hits outings in recent memory, courtesy the artist who qualifies as one of the finest -- if not the finest -- song stylists of her generation. As well, this collection pays homage to one of the most important producer-artist collaborations in modern country music history, with 12 of its entries being produced by Garth Fundis, who discovered Yearwood and steered her studio work through 1996; he returns here behind the board on the two new tracks, one being "Just a Cup of Coffee," penned by Stephanie Davis, a winsome, languid country lament concerning a one-night stand's bittersweet end; the other a frisky, shuffling, fiddle-fired country-blues workout, "Nothin' to Lose,'" that brings out the sultry best in Yearwood's vocal personality. The album couldn't open on a stronger note, with three cuts from her debut album and two from her sophomore masterpiece, Hearts in Armor, chief among those gems being the roiling, stomping Gary Harrison-Matraca Berg co-write, "Wrong Side of Memphis." The story these hits tell is of the remarkable maturity of Yearwood's interpretive artistry -- by 1996's "The Song Remembers When," she is in full command of the colors of her voice, caressing the lyrics just-so before rising to a cry that evokes all the heartache of a failed romance. There's some sly feminist commentary on the contemporary woman's plight in the deceptively playful "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)," and a devastating mea culpa of Edith Piaf proportions in the power ballad breakup memoir, "I Would've Loved You Anyway." Trisha Yearwood is in a league all her own. Here's why.

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On some level, Trisha Yearwood's Greatest Hits could easily have been a double disc, but it's better to be left wanting than overfed. Yearwood ruled the 1990s; she rose to stardom as the queen of contemporary country almost immediately upon release of her self-titled debut in 1991. The evidence is right here: there are three cuts from that set including the still-played, up-tempo pop tune "She's in Love with the Boy," a song that could have, and perhaps was, written to be enhanced by a music video and is a fine template for the blueprint that contemporary country has followed since. It's followed a pair of ballads, "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart," and "The Woman Before Me," both of which resonated big at the time, and still hold up. "Wrong Side of Memphis," off Hearts in Armor, is the quintessential roots country rocker in the new incarnation of the country idiom. Other memorable tracks here include "Xxx's and Ooo's (An American Girl)," which sounds like it's being sung into a mirror. The title cut from Thinkin' About You is here, as is "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" written by the dynamite songwriting team of Kim Richey and Larry Gottlieb (a team that no longer exists, unfortunately). It's a heartbreak anthem like few others in the last 15 years. The other cut from that set is the title track, "Everybody Knows." These latter two songs, if country "critics" and fans had looked deeper, might have begged questions or personal speculation as to how a singer with a voice as powerful as this one could delivered not one but two burning rock & roll broken-hearted love songs on a single album without being in that position herself. And of course, UMG Nash Vegas couldn't resist two cuts from Songbook, an earlier hits collection with "How Do I Live" from the soundtrack to the film Con Air, which is a complete waste of Yearwood's more than considerable talents as a singer. The song is insipid, and Tony Brown's production feels as if he's trying to get a Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey performance from his star. Thankfully, "Perfect Love" from the same collection fares far better. Brown compresses the hell out of the steel and acoustic guitars to the point where they almost sound tinny they're so big, but her vocal on this acoustic-based rocker more than rescues the instrumental edge. In keeping with the Songbook tradition, there are two new songs here, as well (though they may have been recorded over a decade ago and already in the can since Yearwood is no longer with MCA). There's a gorgeous ballad by Stephanie Davis called "Just a Cup of Coffee," produced by the man who understood her true strength from the jump and guided her first four records: Garth Fundis. It's a natural sounding roots country song with fiddles, piano, acoustic guitars, a shuffling snare and bass drum beat, and Yearwood's throaty, soul deep instrument bringing the real grain in Davis' lyric to the fore. The closer is a new tune written by Kimberly Fox called "Nothin' to Lose," This is pure, road song swagger with burning, bluesy acoustic guitar, hand percussion, snare and hit hat, a standup bass, and a smoking mandolin solo. This is tough, lean and mean, and Yearwood's got the sass in her low and falsetto ranges to make it utterly believable. Indeed, she proves all over the place on this disc that she could sing anything she wanted to: soul, blues, and yeah, rock & roll too. Hopefully she will, now that she's on her own. After all, she did tape a CMT Crossroads with Babyface! Her own independent single, "Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love" on Big Machine Records (an independent that also lists her husband, Jack Ingram, Taylor Swift, and a slew of other Nash Vegas rebels) was released on the same day as the MCA hits collection (hmmm...there's something that smells fishy about that).

Product Details

Release Date:
Mca Nashville


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trisha Yearwood   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Garth Brooks   Composer
Trisha Yearwood   Producer,Audio Production
Pat Alger   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer
Greg Barnhill   Composer
Tony Brown   Producer,Audio Production
Stephanie Davis   Composer
Garth Fundis   Producer,Audio Production
Jude Johnstone   Composer
Vince Melamed   Composer
Hugh Prestwood   Composer
Kim Richey   Composer
Victoria Shaw   Composer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Harry Stinson   Producer,Audio Production
Diane Warren   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Annie Roboff   Composer
Gary Harrison   Composer
Alice Randall   Composer
Arnie Roman   Composer
Sunny Russ   Composer
Mary Danna   Composer
Larry Gottlieb   Composer
Jon Ims   Composer
Jack Guy   Cover Photo
Troy Verges   Composer

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Greatest Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this CD! Very cathartic
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trisha Yearwood is truly a great talent & a class act. she has such a very distinct & almost angelic voice & a style all her own. that's what sets her apart from all the rest. i own most of her albums & i knew when i bought each one i was getting the best value my money could buy because trisha makes sure every song on each album is just as good as the "hits" on each album, & not just a bunch of filler material to finish the album & get it released "while the hits are still hot". there is something very organic about her music.i can tell on each & every song she sings that she is very much involved in the process from beginning to end by not only having her say in choosing the song, but also the arrangemnts & how she will sing it "the Trisha Yearwood way!" she seems to be more concerned about the quality of the finished product than about the quantity it may sell. that's almost unheard of in an artist these days, & even though trisha's never had a problem with selling mass quantities of her albums, it's nice to know that's not her #1 priority. this newest greatest hits release is truly the best of the best from country music's premier female vocalist. i have no doubt that her new studio album she's working on now, to be released on the new independent label she signed with, will be her best yet as trisha just seems to get better & better with every release. i know i for one will be buying it.