A terrific follow-up to "Greatest Hits Vol. I", this collection is a must for Jackson fans; it of course has his mega-hit with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", and there's a good balance between the up-tempo songs and the ballads. The musicianship is outstanding, including the masterful mandolin and fiddle work by Stuart Duncan, and piano by Hargus "Pig" Robbins.
"I'll Go On Loving You" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Written by Kieran Kane (once of the short-lived but brilliant duo The O'Kanes in the late '80s), the words and melody are superb, and Alan sings it with the tender soul of a poet.
"The Blues Man" is so lovely, so mellow; written by Hank Williams Jr., it has a simplicity that goes right to the heart.
Jackson wrote nine of the songs in this collection. He has a sharp wit and honesty with his lyrics, and a great melodic sense; some of my favorites are:
"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" is Alan's tribute to 9/11, and is a song that spoke words that were on our minds, and helped us heal.
"Drive" is one Alan wrote for his father Gene, and it tells a wonderful generational story.
"Remember When" is about Alan's thoughts on marriage, and is an exquisitely romantic, heartfelt finish for this marvelous album.
This CD of super hits was just declared Triple Platinum, and Jackson has recently become ACM's Most-Nominated artist...he's won over 80 major awards, and one listen to this fabulous recording shows why; as songwriter, singer, performer and musician, few in the history of country music are in the same league as Alan Jackson. He's a legend, and one of my favorite artists in any genre. The booklet insert includes all the lyrics, and total playing time is 70'29.