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Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: Reflected
     

Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: Reflected

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by Tim McGraw
 
Featuring three new songs and a dynamic, populist-oriented bonus track, Tim McGraw's second hits collection reveals why he's stayed in orbit all these years. With producers Byron Gallimore and James Stroud, McGraw has crafted a catchy hybrid of southern rock and contemporary country, abounding in searing electric guitars, cannon-shot drums, declaiming fiddle lines,

Overview

Featuring three new songs and a dynamic, populist-oriented bonus track, Tim McGraw's second hits collection reveals why he's stayed in orbit all these years. With producers Byron Gallimore and James Stroud, McGraw has crafted a catchy hybrid of southern rock and contemporary country, abounding in searing electric guitars, cannon-shot drums, declaiming fiddle lines, and winsome pedal steel flurries, as well as arrangements that hearken back to '80s power ballads and '90s mainstream country amalgamations. And he's always thoughtful in his choice of songs, which speak to the timeless themes of livin', lovin', and losin' in a provocative way. "Live Like You Were Dying" soars and thunders in proclaiming its message to squeeze worth out of every second you're breathing, while the string-laden "Grown Men Don't Cry" finds McGraw puzzling over the veracity of the title sentiment when he cites example after example of being moved to tears by ordinary scenes from everyday life. With a robust piano and vamping organ setting an urgent gospel ambiance before the band comes thundering in, McGraw sends out a message of hope and redemption to the downtrodden and afflicted in "I've Got Friends That Do," the anthem-like bonus track mentioned above. A down-home, acoustic-based workout on "Red Ragtop," as well as duets with wife Faith Hill (on the edgy pop-country heartbreaker "Like We Never Loved At All") and rapper Nelly (on the smooth groove of "Over and Over") buttress a package that reflects contemporary mainstream country at its savviest, wherein the artist rises above a formulaic approach to produce music that hits his fans where they live.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 16-track, second volume of Tim McGraw's Greatest Hits is a stopgap that generally covers the years 2001-2004, but there are exceptions. There are a pair of tunes from 2001's Set This Circus Down , four from Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002), and two from Live Like You Were Dying, issued in 2004. You also get the title cuts from 1994's Not a Moment Too Soon, and 1997's Everywhere. Also included are the hit duets -- one with wife Faith Hill, "Like We Never Loved at All," from her 2005 Fireflies set -- and "Over and Over," with Nelly from his Suit disc issued in 2004. From here there are no less than ten bona fide hit songs. McGraw includes four new tunes as well to make the package irresistible to the faithful. There's a slick cover of Ryan Adams' "When the Stars Go Blue," Craig Wiseman and Chris Lindsey's "Beautiful People," "My Little Girl," from the soundtrack to the film Flicka, and an uncredited "bonus track," entitled "I've Got Friends That Do." These cuts are all manned by McGraw's longstanding band the Dancehall Doctors and therefore have the feel of his last four records or so. If you have volume one, there is plenty of reason to have Vol. 2, especially since McGraw, like most other Nash Vegas chart-toppers, issue albums with filler. This second hits package complements the first beautifully, and would more than fill out most any casual country fan's McGraw shelf.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
Label:
Curb Records
UPC:
0715187889125
catalogNumber:
78891
Rank:
17907

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tim McGraw   Primary Artist
Dean Brown   Fiddle,Mandolin
Billy Mason   Drums
Denny Hemingson   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Baritone),Mellobar Slide
John Marcus   Bass
Darran Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bob Minner   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
Joe Barnhill   Composer
Tim McGraw   Composer,Producer
Faith Hill   Producer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Dann Huff   Producer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
James Stroud   Producer
George Teren   Composer
John Ward   Contributor
Jason White   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Wayne Perry   Composer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Mike Rector   Contributor
Anders Osborne   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Marina Chavez   Cover Art
Mark Seliger   Cover Art
Tommy Douglas   Composer
Robin Lerner   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Ryan Adams   Composer
Steve McEwan   Composer
Vicky McGehee   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Scot Sax   Composer
Dane DeVillier   Contributor
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Nelly   Composer
Robert Allen   Contributor
Greg Call   Illustrations
Steve Seskin   Composer
Jason Bridges   Composer
Heath Stimmel   Contributor
Johnnie Branham   Contributor
Darran Smith   Producer
John Prestia   Contributor
James D. "Sted Fast" II Hargrove   Composer
John Rich   Composer
Jerome Clinton Thompson   Contributor
Marla Blessey   Contributor
Joey Supak   Contributor
Dylan Altman   Composer
Jayson Bridges   Producer

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4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Tim proves why he is here for the long haul. Over 13 years since his first album and he is still getting better, taking risk and growing in his music. He nevers fails to deliver an album that you can enjoy not just for a few weeks, but an album, they you will fine yourself listening to years later. That is the hallmark of a Tim CD, it becomes like your favorite sweater that just grows dearer as time goes on. I am very happy that he included Everywhere on this album, since that to me was one big omission from the first Greatest Hits, It is worth the price alone. The new songs are excellent and My Little Girl will be used as a song for a father and daughter dance at weddings for years to come. If you are a parent and especially a father and don't get misty eye with this song, I would be worried about you. The line, "Sometimes you're asleep, I whisper I love you in the moonlight at your door, as I walk away I hear you say, daddy love you more" will make you melt. The song Beautiful People is just real, about real people, real life that happens everyday. People that love their kids, take care of their parents in their old age, go to work, raise their kids, do it right without the fanfare and glory. The everyday people that are the beautiful people that you don't hear about in the magazines and press. The song, "I've Got Friends That Do" is powerful and can and IMO will change someone's life for the better. It can have the impact of his song, "Live Like You Were Dying". These lines speak volumes, "This is for yours truly, just a little verse to remind me, we all got somewhere to turn, and I may not know what it's like to send my only son to save the world and watch him die, and I may not know how it feels to hang there on the cross, to prove that love is real, but I've got friends that do". A song about hope and redemption, that speaks to the trails and tribulations all of us face. Once again Tim delievers with honesty, the words and feelings all of us have.
papabearOR More than 1 year ago
ok...tim mcgraw fans will love this right away....for anyone wanting to try country music...besides some old timers singing...tim mcgraw is the best to listen too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cds you will ever buy. It is worth every penny even though it is a Greatest Hits. I bought 5 copies for people who aren't particularly Tim fans and they actually have been playing it everyday and even at work. The songs address themes such as love, faith, hope and change in a very positive, uplifting way. You cannot help but sing along even to the songs that you've never heard before. "My Little Girl" is a killer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim McGraw never fails to impress me. Daddy's Little Girl and I've Got Friends That Do are great new songs that fit in wonderfully with the old. Great addition to your past accomplishments Tim.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the most incredable cd ever expcely the song my little girl that song always makes me cry its just awsome. "I LOVE YOU TIM MICGRAW!!!!!!!!!!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is GREAT!!!!! Everyone, Tim fan or not, should own this one! It is full of lots of great "oldies" and several new ones. One of which is my new all time favorite tim song My Little Girl from the movie Flicka. It is great it makes me cry every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good CD. I thought "One of These Days" would be on here. But I really enjoy "When Stars Go Blue" and "Red Ragtop" immensely. Not his best ever but still way above average.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that while being a long-time Tim fan, I really did not enjoy his oftentimes sad and depressing 2004 effort, LLYWD. That being said, the new songs on this collection remind me why I enjoy his music in the first place, and hearing some of the past singles on this disc such as "She's My Kind of Rain" makes the magic feel new again. If you did not like the pace of the LLYWD cd, this disc feels much more like a classic McGraw album.
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