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This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
A timely reminder of where Lonestar came from to where they are today. Early hits 'No News' (about a woman long gone), 'You walked in' (with legs up to your neck - a riff on the supermodel world) and 'Come Cryin' to me retain a certain rough and ready charm.
But it is really from 'Everythings Changed' onwards that they became a stellar act they are today with their biggest #1 to date, 'Amazed' which stayed on top for 7 weeks and enjoyed crossover success in the pop charts. This spawned samely sounding follow-up hits 'Smile' and 'What About Now' which were successful in almost equal measure.
So where are the band now, once known as Texasty sensibly revised their name and vocal lead line up to become one of the most accomplished and smoothest crooners the Country Music business. Later hits 'I'm Already There', 'Not a Day Goes By' and 'My Front Porch Looking In' celebrate the family unit and one senses that the band are maturing in their outlook and music.
The two covers Mark Cohens 'Walking in Memphis' and ZZZ Tops 'Gimme All Your Loving' are both surprisingly lacklustre. In particular lead singer Ritchie McDonalds whooping before he sings the first verse on the latter does not encapsulate what is essentially a deliciously dirty and emotionally charged song.
They would've been better advised to stick to what they are good at - songs with strong virtues extolling simple pleasures. Some things in life it seems really don't change - this is really a must have to add to your CD collection if you are fans of their music!