Rimes - Greatest Hits (Limited Edition)
CD Review by Cheryl Harvey Hill
With the success of one song, Leann Rimes forever raised the bar for singers of all genres for all time. She was, and still is, the personification of talent. Peerless. So it is not surprising that at the ripe old age of only twenty-one, she has amassed enough
Greatest Hits to fill up an album. And fill it up, she does. There are nineteen tracks; fifteen greatest hits and four new tracks. There is also a bonus DVD with four complete videos.
It was 1997 when I first met the then thirteen-year-old phenomenon. It was after a concert and she was sitting all alone at a table backstage. She was signing only her first name to a stack of publicity photos. Why not, I thought, who doesn't know who "Leann" is. One thing was very clear as I watched her later during the meet and greet, she knew exactly who she was. She was composed and sternly professional; displaying a maturity and self-confidence that we most often attribute to age. This was not your average child. This was a young person, wise beyond her years, who was on a mission. She had taken a solid foothold on the ladder of success and there was no doubt which direction she was going.
Her smash hit, "Blue," made her the youngest performer in country music history to debut at number one on the sales charts. The skeptics who predicted that she was a "one-hit wonder" had to quickly eat their words when "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" burst onto the charts quickly followed by "Unchained Melody." She was not only the youngest entertainer, but also the first country music entertainer in history, to win a Grammy for Best New Vocalist. She won a second Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Blue." Despite her well-publicized struggles through puberty, and negative critics who accused her of abandoning the genre that made her, she has allowed us to witness a fascinating metamorphosis. Now displaying a physical beauty that is akin to that dynamic voice, she is just getting started.
With a new husband, a new children's book and a very cool new commercial for Dr. Pepper that contains some really great harmony with, the one and only, Reba, she has continued to grow as an artist and entertainer. It wasn't her plan to just succeed. She set her sights on high achievement, and she never loses site of that goal.
This Greatest Hits collection is as eclectic and captivating as Rimes, herself. If you like good music, and aren't concerned about limiting yourself to one genre, you won't be disappointed.
02. How Do I Live
03. Can't Fight The Moonlight
04. One Way Ticket (Because I Can)
06. I Need You
07. Written In The Stars
08. Unchained Melody
09. The Light In Your Eyes
10. On The Side Of Angels
11. You Light Up My Life
12. Nothin' New Under The Moon
13. Big Deal
14. Life Goes On
15. We Can
16. Last Thing On My Mind
17. This Love
19. O Holy Night
DISC 2 (Limited Edition DVD)
Blue - video
How Do I Live - video
Can't Fight The Moonlight - video
We Can - video
Review by Jim Weaver:
Rimes website is a puzzlement to me, it's well designed, colorful and
full of content yet some of the basics are stumbled over in my opinion.
First off... Singing Site Alert! Lord knows I love to hear LeAnn sing,
but I want to have the control over when she starts. It is a FLASH site
with no Low-Bandwidth HTML alternative, although it's not a honkin' huge
FLASH site. It has a members only section with no indication (that I
could find) on how to become a member. And no links page. As I said
before it does have plenty of good content though, including; pictures
of the star and the star with fans, wallpapers, icons even a video
download. The Angels Guide is pretty cool, it includes book suggestions
by LeAnn, music buys, movies she likes and even a recipe from Martha
Stewart. I don't know how often this page is updated by it's a very
personable feature for an artists' site. Overall I think it's a very
well done site, however it could be a little bit better.
Pretty Darn Good!
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