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Brooks & Dunn

#1s ... and then some – 2009 (Arista Nashville)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Brooks & Dunn are the most popular duo in country history racking up lots of hits and awards, but they amicably called it a career with plans to go their separate ways after a farewell 2010 tour. This two-CD set contains 30 songs, but aside from 2 new songs, there's not much reason to buy this set. The quality certainly is there as 20 of the songs reached the top of the chart.

The new songs - both were released as singles - were Honky Tonk Stomp, featuring ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Indian Summer. The former is a rocking, bluesy affair with a heavy sound. There's some good picking in the denseness of the Ronnie Dunn-led vocals. On the latter, Kix Brooks adds emotion to the mid-tempo song about touchdowns and motel romance.

The rest contains such songs as Boot Scootin' Boogie, Neon Moon, My Maria andOnly in America. There are a slew of familiar songs, but if you have them already on other albums, no need. No liner notes educate listeners to require the investment. This comes off more as a marketing effort by the label to milk sales than be the definitive word about Brooks & Dunn's importance.