Hits Vol.2: Reflected – Tim McGraw
There are 16 songs on this second greatest hits collection from Start, La.’s very own superstar. Twelve of the songs are certified hits, and four are new cuts from Tim and his Dancehall Doctors band.
It’s been six years since Tim released his first collection of hits. With more than 30 million album sales and 23 No. 1 singles now to his credit, it’s easy for this singer to come up with an action pack of songs. Starting out with “Live Like You Were Dying” and ending with the new track “I’ve Got Friends That Do,” Hits Vol. 2: Reflected is a sensational journey through the versatility McGraw serves up. Other memorable hits included here include “The Cowboy in Me,” “Red Ragtop” and one from way back in 1994, “Not A Moment Too Soon.” A+
Corn Fed – Shannon Brown
Spirit Lake, Iowa’s Shannon Brown and her deep, soulful voice have been behind-the-scenes favorites in Nashville for the last decade. Did I mention Shannon’s also easy on the eyes?
Ten years ago, Brown was signed to a major label and had mild success on the chart, but the album never came out. Big & Rich’s John Rich recently stepped into the studio to record this Warner Bros. release, which has actually made it to record stores. The first single off the album is the title track, a salute to the Iowan’s background. Shannon’s terrific vocals have a lot of texture, emotion and charisma. “Pearls” is a fantastic song about a girl’s life. Congrats on getting this out! B+
Back to the Well – Lee Roy Parnell
Texas blues-countryman Lee Roy Parnell doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the unique music he serves up. You may remember Parnell from back in the 1990s, when his big radio hits included “On the Road,” “A Little Bit of You” and “Love Without Mercy.”
Back to the Well is the first record from Parnell in five years, and it’s on a major label. “Old Soul” is a gem that reminds us of his material from yesteryear. The up-tempo bluesy-rockers “Don’t Water it Down” and “The Hunger” are smokin’. Lee Roy’s daughter steps in to help out on “Daddies and Daughters,” a terrific song about the bond between the two. This album is chock full of radio-friendly songs that should have L.R.P. back on top, where he belongs. A
Fortuneteller’s Melody – SHeDAISY
Sister trio SHeDAISY arrived in the late ’90s with the breakthrough smash, “Little Goodbyes.” With this, their fourth CD, the Utah bunch has pulled out all the stops to jumpstart their career.
Kristyn Osborn, the chief songwriter of the gals, co-wrote two tunes with Sheryl Crow (“Whatever it Takes,” “Healing Side”) and another with master writer Don Schlitz (“In Terms of Love”). “God Bless the American Housewife” is a tongue-in-cheek salute to women, and the music video was shot on the set of Desperate Housewives. Other tracks on this 12-song collection that are seriously good include “I’m Taking the Wheel” and “She Gets What I Deserve.” B+