Mary Chapin has long been a favourite of mine. Her music is very hard pigeon hole into a particular genre - it is a charming mix of country and rock music. Chapin's music is nearly all self penned and her songs range from soft, gentle ballads, to rousing, rock numbers. All are thoughtfully written with a blend of humour, and her lyrics are often heartbreakingly beautiful.
This CD contains a range of songs from most of her album releases, with the exception of her first album, Hometown Girl and her latest album, Between Here and Gone. She has released 10 albums to date, some contain songs which are a commentary on social and political issues, including the wonderful Stones In The Road (about the death of Bobby Kennedy), but many are simply about the experiences of ordinary people - loneliness, grief, joy, passion.
I really do think that most people who like folk/rock/country will take one listen to this album and rush out to buy her others! Chapin has won 3 well-deserved Grammys for her music, as it is simply impossible to put all her best work onto 1 disc. Infact, many great songs have been omitted from this disc, noteably tracks from her latest album, Between Here and Gone, which was written shortly after 9/11 and reflects Chapin's own responses to a changed world.