- Released: February 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: MCA
- 1.Closing Time
- 2.The Prize
- 3.Brand New Baby
- 5.If I Run
- 6.Across The Great Divide
- 7.Singing In My Sleep
- 8.Never You Mind
- 9.Secret Smile
- 11.Act Naturally
- 12.Over My Head
Semisonic: Dan Wilson (vocals, guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer whistle); John Munson (vocals, guitar, trombone, piano, Moog synthesizer, bass); Jacob Slichter (vocals, Wurtlitzer piano, keyboards, drums).
Additional personnnel: Matt Wilson (guitar); Ken Chastain (congas).
Producers: Nick Launay, Semisonic, Paul Fox.
Compilation producers: Mike Ragogna.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: John Munson (vocals, guitar, trombone, piano, Moog synthesizer); Dan Wilson (vocals, guitar, piano); Jacob Slichter (vocals, piano, keyboards, drums); Ken Chastain (congas).
Liner Note Author: Matthew Welch .
Photographer: Marina Chavez.
20th Century Masters -- Millennium Collection: The Very Best of Semisonic leads off with their Grammy-winning hit single "Closing Time," which sets the template for the group's sound. Loud guitars, loud drums, Dan Wilson's honest and heartfelt vocals, and simple, hummable melodies put Semisonic in the category of modern bands like the Counting Crows and the Wallflowers who aren't slick but are still pop and popular. The collection features two songs from their debut EP release from 1995, Pleasure; three cuts from 1996's Great Divide, including the snappy title track; four tracks from 1998's Feeling Strangely Fine; two from 2001's All About Chemistry; and the very smooth "Over My Head" from the soundtrack to 2001's Summer Catch. The disc does a good job presenting Semisonic as one of the better bands riding the tail end of the alternative wave. ~Tim Sendra