Reflected: Greatest Hits Vol. 2


***1/2 It’s interesting to note what hasn’t been included on Tim’s second volume of hits: lighthearted fare like the Top 5 “Do You Want Fries With That” and the No. 1 “Back When” are nowhere to be found. Reflected defines the last several years as a period of deepening maturity and seriousness for the guy who became a star over a decade ago singing the goofy “Indian Outlaw.”
Reflected collects most of Tim’s hits since 2000’s first Greatest Hits volume, and also reaches back for a couple of songs the previous CD missed, 1994’s “Not a Moment Too Soon” and 1997’s exquisite “Everywhere.” Both songs deserve a place here, although the difference in production style makes for a jarring transition from the surrounding tracks—as does the inclusion of Tim’s smash duet with rapper Nelly, the R&B-flavored hip-hop track “Over and Over.”
That song signals Tim’s broadening horizons, as do the four new tunes included. The inclusive “I’ve Got Friends That Do” (one of two co-writing credits for Tim, a first) and a take on alt-country singer/songwriter Ryan Adams’ moody “When the Stars Go Blue” promise many intriguing developments to come between now and Greatest Hits Vol. 3.


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