Greatest Hits II (RCA)

Clint Black's first Greatest Hits is only five years old - so how can he fill a second hits collection so soon? For Clint, it's no sweat.

This new collection scoops up the smashes the first Greatest Hits missed, alongside highlights from the meantime, then throws in four stellar new tracks. The result clocks in at over an hour and doesn't waste a moment.

Greatest Hits II takes off with the strident "The Shoes You're Wearing," and picks up breezy kickers like "When My Ship Comes In" and quieter moments like "Something That We Do." At the album's center is a one-two-three punch of duets that demonstrate how well Clint's thinking-guy charm plays off other singers.

The new recordings continue the looser, laid-back style heard on Clint's last album, 1999's D'lectrified. A new duet with wife Lisa, "Easy For Me To Say," is an elegant companion piece to their previous hit, "When I Said I Do" (also here), while "Little Pearl" and "Lily's Lullaby" sweetly welcome the couple's daughter to the world.

For the finale, Clint resurrects 1990's "Put Yourself In My Shoes," bluesing up the tune with horns and an easy swagger the original version only hinted at. It's the sound of a man standing alone, and standing proudly. As Greatest Hits II proves, he has every right to.

- Chris Neal

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