16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2006
McGraw's second hits collection contains 16 tracks, half of which come from 2001's Set This Circus Down, 2002's Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors and 2004's Live Like You Were Dying. Those albums found a more mature McGraw appreciating life ("Live Like You Were Dying"), a buddy ("My Old Friend"), and his woman ("Watching The Wind Blow By," "She's My Kind Of Rain"), plus exhibiting an increased sensitivity ("Grown Men Don't Cry").
McGraw also reaches back to the era of the first hits collection to include the chart-toppers "Not A Moment Too Soon" (1994) and "Everywhere" (1997). Eight other top five hits have yet to be anthologized, including number ones "Angry All The Time" (2001), "Unbroken" (2002), as well as McGraw's strongest vocal performance to date, "One Of These Days" (1998). The other omitted hits include "Refried Dreams" (1995), "Can't Be Really Gone" (1995), "All I Want Is A Life" (1998), "Back When" (2004), and Do You Want Fries With That" (2005).
Two collaborative hits are making their debut on a McGraw album and both sound out of place: the rapper's delight "Over And Over" with Nelly and the Faith Hill-dominated "Like We Never Loved At All." Much better are the new four new recordings, two of which - "My Little Girl" and "I've Got Friends That Do" - McGraw co-wrote (his first self-penned recordings). Hopefully, as his musical horizons expand, McGraw will provide us with more quality compositions in the future.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2006
During the course of 12 years and nine albums, the breadth and depth of McGraw's material has grown significantly as demonstrated by the 16 cuts on his second hits compilation. The previously released material is all here since Vol. 1 as well as a couple of suprises, notably the title tracks from Not a Moment to Soon and Everywhere. There is one glaring omission from this collection..no Angry All the Time. As a track that ranks among his best (as well as a multi week number one) you wonder why it was not included and the likes of Like We Never Loved at All was. This small thing aside, this disc excels in a way few compilations ever do.
The album contains four new songs, all potential hits should the Curb choose to release them (and they should). The sweetly paternal "My Little Girl" is culled from the upcoming film "My Friend Flicka," and is one the most well written songs I have heard in a long time. If the line "When you were asleep I would whisper I love you in the moonlight at your door...as I walked away I would hear to say Daddy, love you more" does not bring any father to his knees then he should have his pulse checked. The observant and positive "Beautiful People" is the absolute antithesis of Marilyn Manson's song of the same name and shows once again that McGraw believes in the inherent goodness and strength of the human spirit. Even better is the empathetic anthem "I've Got Friends That Do." which McGraw co-wrote (a first for him) and which evokes a theme more and more present in some of his songs of late-God. To me though, the best of the new stuff is McGraw's well-rendered take on Ryan Adams' "When the Stars Go Blue," showcasing surprising range and the instincts that have served him so well.
The collection as a whole shows why McGraw is developing quickly into an icon. He has obvious talents and undeniable gifts which make him the artist of his time-foremost among them his ability to evolve both as an artist and a human being while continuing to raise the bar musically. Songs like the abortion-themed "Red Rag Top" and the Nelly collaboration "Over and Over" prove McGraw is not afraid to take risks, and, as ever, the risks are paying off.
Finally, though fans and critics alike are hesitant to anoint people as legends until they are dead or at least 50 plus, McGraw is quickly reaching that level. Many pointed to his last album as the CD of his career but I beg to differ. With the new music here alongside what came before, it becomes instantly clear that McGraw, who has his 40's still ahead of him, is an artist who, should he choose, can go the way of George Strait and continue to be a valid if not dominating force in his genre well past most artists "prime".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2006
Well, if you read my review on "Live Like You Were Dying", you'll know that I am a fairly new Tim Fan (heard that song/saw the video and became an instant fan, bought that cd, joined his fan club and went and saw him in concert).
Anyway, I bought this cd as a pre-order offer that I received in my email, but not before checking out the song list and listening to the new tracks clips.
I think this cd is a great follow-up to "Live..", especially for newbie fans because it gives you the more popular selection of Tim's songs. The songs on this cd are the ones you hear him singing in concert right now, including his "Like we never loved at all" duet with wife, Faith Hill, which personally, I can't listen to that song enough. (Don't even get me started on that video....oh, love it!!!)
Basically, if you enjoy Tim McGraw's music, you should buy this cd. It gives you a little bit of everything! Again, Amazon has listed the tracks and lets you listen before buying, which is great, Thanks Amazon!!
You can also check out Tim's website at timmcgraw.com for all his music, pics, bio, etc (you don't have to be a member to look and listen) but I recommend coming back and buying the cds here at amazon, the prices are better and shipping is great.
So, like I said, if you're a Tim fan, buy this cd!! I highly recommend it. (If you're not a Tim fan, why would you be here reading this??)
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2006
Tim McGraw is one of the most reliable hit makers around, and his CDs are good value for money, running 50+ minutes in length of mostly good quality music. This second volume of hits collects another 12 of his hits along with four new songs. Two of the hits "Not A Moment Too Soon" and Everywhere" predate some of the songs that were on GREATEST HITS V1. Also the hits are not in chronological order, jumping back and forth. The most recent hits "Drugs or Jesus", "Back When" and "Do You Want Fries With That?" are missing, which makes sense since the label doesn't want to prematurely kill off sales of Tim's most recent CDs but there's no excuse for leaving off "Angry All The Time".The CD leads off with the immortal "Live Like You Were Dying", one of his finest songs, and thus far his biggest hit. At least 7 of these songs were Billboard #1's ("Live Like You Were Dying", The Cowboy In Me", "Real Good Man", Watch The Wind Blow By", "Grown Men Don't Cry", Not A Moment Too Soon","Everywhere") and all except "Over and Over" were top 5's (this song,sung with rapster Nelly was a pop hit but really doesn't fit with the rest of the CD and is by far the weakest track on the disc).
I have mixed feelings about including new songs on a "Greatest Hits" collection. I guess the labels must do something to get the most devoted fans to shell out for a collection of songs they've already purchased. All of the new songs are good - "When The Stars Go Blue" is already at #15 and rising and I expect "My Little Girl" to become a big hit.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2006
This album is a MUST-HAVE!!!
Tim McGraw is an amazing artist. His songs range from thoughtful, to artsy, to fun-loving and heel-kickin', to completely beautiful. Every time he sings a lyric, I can see the moment he's singing about. He has a talent for picking the right song, the right way to sing it and for touching you with what he sings.
The already released songs are wonderful. "Like We Never Loved At All" with the incredibly talented Faith Hill is an enchanting duet, full of angst and magic harmony. "Over and Over" with Nelly is a really interesting pairing of singers. I'm not normally into R&B, but I love the mix of their voices and the style of different lyrics happening at the same time. "Live Like You Were Dying", a career song for Tim, has a message that resonates with and relates to everyone's life. "The Cowboy in Me" is an anthem to the wild boy/girl in everyone. I won't go through all the songs--after all, they were hits, you probably know them!
The new songs featured on this album are incredible. "When The Stars Go Blue" is a Ryan Adams song and the original was weird but this version is amazing. It took me a couple of listens to really love it, but once I got past the fact that I may never "get" what the song means, I could appreciate the artistry. "My Little Girl" is sure to be played for years to come as daughters dance with their daddies at their weddings. "Beautiful People" is a tribute to all of the everyday folks who make life beautiful in their towns all across the world. Then, my favorite "I've Got Friends That Do" co-written by Tim McGraw, the Warren Brothers and Brett Beavers (sp?), is a song I will never grow tired of. Listen to the whole thing and pay attention to the lyrics and you'll fall in love with it, just like me!
BUY THIS ALBUM! IT'S GREAT! :)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2006
I just hope I can keep it together enough at the reception to dance with my little girl for the father daughter dance to "My Little Girl". It's over the top as far as I'm concerned.I'm going to play it over & over before the wedding so maybe I can make it through the dance..
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tim McGraw is one of the most successful country artists of all time. This CD is proof of that. My favorite track is the duet Like We Never Loved At All. This is a beautiful song about two people can drift apart in a relationship. Over and Over is a track with a very smooth beat. Tim sings nice supporting vocals on this song.
I love the new track When The Stars Go Blue. Tim sounds great vocally and hits all the high notes on this song. I love the honesty in Tim McGraw voice on the track Grown Men Don't Cry. There is a tenderness in his voice that is very appealing. I also liked the track Red Rag Top. This is a great story song about being young and making hard decisions in life.
The Cowboy in Me is another highlight on this album. I think that Tim describes the personality of some men very accurately on this song. Live Like You Were Dying is another one of my favorite tracks. This song is a reminder that life is precious and that we should live it to the fullest. Real Good Man is just an excellent country song about we should never judge a person by their outward appearance This is an enjoyable track makes me tap my feet every time I hear it.
She's My Kind of Rain and Watch the Wind Blow By are two pretty love songs that shows that Tim has a very romantic side to him. My Old Friend and Everywhere are two good songs about different aspects of friendship. This is a very entertaining greatest hits collection. I loved it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2006
I have all of Tim's CDs and this one doesn't disappoint. All of my past favorites and some beautiful new songs. I love the beat of "When The Stars Go Blue" and interesting Tim is starting to co-write some songs. I don't know why he didn't do that on previous cds. As a huge fan for Tims, I'm never disappointed in any cd. He just keeps putting out wonderful music. That's why he is a superstar!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2006
This CD makes you want to turn off the lights and settle down and get comfortable for some good music. The songs selected really take you down memory lane: thinking about what you were doing when the songs came out or what has happenend in your life. It is a very upbeat CD with positive messages of love and hope and change. You will play this CD over and over, I guarantee it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2006
He just keeps going like the energizer bunny. I thought he was done, and he just keeps rolling them out. All of the new ones definetely grew on me. Even "Over and Over" I like. He has a most talented voice that can sing most anything.