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Lee Ann Womack

Greatest Hits – 2004 (MCA Nashville)

Reviewed by David McPherson

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After a seven-year ascent into country music's consciousness, Lee Ann Womack returns with a best of package that features a dozen hits plus two new songs.

Appropriately, Womack's first-ever single from 1997 - the traditional country-twang of "Never Again, Again,"- kicks off this retrospective record. Ofcourse, the omnipresent title track and Grammy-winning single from her third album 2000's "I Hope You Dance" is included; the song vaulted Womack into anotherworld of stardom. The rest features the highlights from each of Womack's four albums, including all four of her number one hits, such as "A Little Past Little Rock" where she echoes Dolly Parton's style. "Mendocino County Line," - the Grammy-winning duet with Willie Nelson - is another highlight. "The Wrong Girl," one of two new songs, is a tongue in cheek song looking at blind love, and showcases Womack's songwriting maturation with well crafted lyrics such as: "You were blinded by diamonds / And you missed a pearl/ You got the wrong girl." "Time For Me to Go," is a beautiful bluegrass ballad with staying power - the perfect bookend for this best of collection.

With Greatest Hits, Womack - country chanteuse extraordinaire - delivers again and again.