Trisha Yearwood – “Greatest Hits” (MCA/UMG/UMe)
From the time Trisha Yearwood stormed out of the gates with “She’s In Love With The Boy” Trisha was destined to be a star. Garth Fundis‘ steady production accented Trisha’s voice just right while Trisha sang a lyric that was just perfect for radio and video. Just so much that the song is still a heavily played recurrent 16 years later. From that hit to “There Goes My Baby,” one of Trisha’s last hits for MCA Records, there wasn’t a time that she didn’t deliver the goods. Even when the over-produced, dramatic “How Do I Live” was released, Trisha saved the song with that voice. I preferred her version to LeAnn Rimes‘ own take on the song (hers was a huge pop hit). Along Trisha’s long, storied career, she recorded her fair share of absolutely brillant songs. “The Song Remembers When” is one of these songs and Trisha wrings every bit of emotion out of the poetic Hugh Prestwood lyric. The song is so true. A song always remembers when because it triggers an emotion or memory upon hearing them. That’s why music moves us the way it does, isn’t it?
Sequenced (mostly) in chronological order, “Greatest Hits” gives a 17 track overview of Ms. Yearwood’s career and hits upon most of her most cherished songs (duets with husband Garth Brooks are curiously absent). One could even argue that This disc should’ve focused more on the post “Songbook: A Collection Of Hits” phase of Trisha’s career but, in all reality, that phase was less commercially successful and UMG Nashville is looking for something to move a few units outside of Yearwood purists so it makes sense to release the career-spanning (Minus 2005’s fine “Jasper Country“) reflecion here. What we’re left with here is a lean-n-mean collection of hits that should be in the collection of any contemporary country fan.
Almost all of the sterling Yearwood cuts are here. From the previously mentiond songs to “Walkaway Joe,” “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” and “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway.” Rounding out this collection of hits is are two previously un-released tracks produced by Garth Fundis. Stephanie Davis’ “Just A Cup Of Coffee” is a lyrically poetic, sparsly produced gem that deserves to be included on this record while the pure fun, Twang’n Blues “Nothin’ To Lose” helps to drive home the point that Trisha Yearwood is the best female singer to come out of the 1990’s boom era. She never oversang anything and always had perfect pitch. Now recording for major indie Big Machine Records, Trisha Yearwood’s MCA Career is perfectly capped with this Greatest Hits collection (with “2oth Century Masters” and “The Definitive Collection” likely to follow in the future in an effort to get people to buy the same songs over and over again).