Q - 11/01, p.1404 out of 5 stars
- "...Confirms her as an interpreter of depth as well as drive..."
The last 4 tracks on GREATEST HITS are newly recorded songs for this CD.
Personnel includes: Martina McBride (vocals); Biff Watson, James B. Lowry (acoustic guitar); Jerry McPherson (electric guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Larry Franklin (fiddle); Steve Nathan (piano); Glenn Worf (bass); Matt Chamberlain (drums); Dan Tyminiski, Troy Johnson (background vocals).
Compilation producers: Martina McBride, Paul Worley.
Includes liner notes by Martina McBride and Paul Worley.
"Blessed" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Martina McBride (vocals, background vocals); B. James Lowry, Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Jerry McPherson, Troy Lancaster (electric guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Jonathan Yudkin (violin, viola, cello); Karen Winkelmann, Pamela Sixfin, David Davidson (violin); Larry Franklin (fiddle); Steve Nathan (piano, synthesizer); John Hobbs (piano); Matt Chamberlain (drums); David Lyndon Huff (drum programming); Dan Tyminski, Troy Johnson , Carolyn Dawn Johnson (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Martina McBride; Paul Worley.
Recording information: Seventeen Grand recording; The Money Pit, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Tim White .
Cynics might suggest that pop-country star Martina McBride's greatest assets are here pearly whites and piercing blue eyes. Those who've followed the trajectory of McBride's career (a decade and six albums at the time of this compilation's release) know that the real reasons for her success are a set of super-strong pipes and a knack for picking material from some of Nashville's most hit-bound songwriters. One of those writers, Gretchen Peters, provided McBride with a signature song early on, in the form of "Independence Day," a bold narrative that deals unflinchingly with spousal abuse.
To her credit, McBride didn't try to repeat that song's success by becoming Nashville's poster girl for social causes. The rest of the songs on GREATEST HITS cover a variety of topics, but mostly center around the timeless biggies like celebration of love ("My Baby Loves Me"), glory of God (the previously unreleased "Blessed"), and surviving doomed relationships ("Broken Wing"). With its all-encompassing coverage of McBride's career highlights and its bevy of never-before-heard songs, GREATEST HITS is the definitive introduction to McBride's career.