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Brooks & Dunn

The Greatest Hits Collection – 1997 (Arista)

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

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What can you say about Brooks & Dunn? Two-time ACM Entertainers of the Year, one-time CMA Entertainers of the Year. The second-biggest-selling duo ever, next to Simon & Garfunkel. The most exciting, dynamic performers in country music.

And looking back, they've recorded some pretty good music. Sure, some of their songs, like "Rock My World," "Little Miss Honky Tonk," and "Mama Don't Get Dressed Up for Nothing," are loud, obnoxious and inane, but for each of those, there are three like the soulful Dunn-sung ballads, "That Ain't No Way to Go," "She's Not the Cheatin' Kind," and the new "He's Got You," the country classics that earned them the "turbo-tonk" label, "Brand New Man," "Workin' on My Next Broken Heart" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie," the sweet, Eagles-esque "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" and the best sing-along of last year, "My Maria." And check out the great new Brooks song, "Days of Thunder"!

Despite the five or so duds, this album still contains 14 more good songs from one of the defining artists of '90s' country.