Not many artists can boast a Best Of
album by their 21st birthday, but then not everybody logs a Lolita-ish hit at age 13, as the precocious Leann Rimes did with the retro "Blue" in 1996. In many ways, that auspicious debut was her finest hour, full of hypnotic, yodel-laced magic and savant-like promise. Since then, she's recorded a fair amount of bankable pop ("One Way Ticket", "Can't Fight the Moonlight") and a seemingly bottomless well of tripe ("You Light Up My Life", "Written in the Stars" with Elton John). It all sits back-to-back on this collection of familiar tunes, braced with new audio recordings: "This Love" and "Last Thing on My Mind". Alas, of the new songs, they point up the weakness of much of Rimes' career; her connect-the-dots emotionality. Best advice: put the player on "repeat" and enjoy the royal "Blue" treat that got this career rolling, before the aerobicised videos and the embarrassing lawsuit. --Alanna Nash
UK version has seven different tracks than the USA version titled Greatest Hits. Includes 20 tracks including Last Thing On My Mind (featuring Ronan Keating) & Written In The Stars (featuring Elton John), as well as 2 bonus tracks, How Do I Live (Mr. Mig Dance Radio Edit) & Cant Fight The Moonlight (Latino Mix). Curb/London. 2004.