50 Greatest Hits

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The three-CD 50 Greatest Hits comes only three years after Reba’s career was anthologized on the double-disc Reba #1’s. While it may be a bit—OK, a lot—too early to ask fans to shell out for many of the same songs yet again, the differing approaches of the two sets point up the weakness of the increasingly popular “No. 1s” format for greatest-hits collections: Reba must-haves like “Fancy” (which reached only No. 8) “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” (No. 5) and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” (No. 12) didn’t qualify for #1’s. The three-CD format allows the inclusion of those and many more, and unexpectedly lends 50 Greatest Hits a much more compelling perspective than its predecessor. That’s because there are really three Rebas here: the traditionalist of the first disc, the crossover adventurer of the second and the confident veteran of the third. The three of them add up to a one-of-a-kind talent to which 50 Greatest Hits is a worthy testament.

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