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Clint Black

Greatest Hits II – 2001 (RCA)

Reviewed by Eli Messinger

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Clint Black's second volume of hits adds 4 new recordings to 12 tracks drawn equally from his last two LPs ("Nothin' But the Taillight"s and "D'lectrified"), and four earlier releases. With 1996's "Greatest Hits" having covered some of the same ground, this second helping affords a welcome opportunity to dig deeper into his earlier work, highlighting chart-toppers squeezed out the first time around. Numbers from "Killin' Time" ("Walkin' Away" and "Nobody's Home"), and top 10's from "Put Yourself in My Shoes" ("One More Payment") and "No Time to Kill" ("When My Ship Comes In"), complement the more recent hits, showcasing the consistency of Black's best work.

Whether punching out the twangy double-crossed tale, "Nothin But the Taillights," dueting with Martina McBride on "Still Holding On" or harmonizing with his wife, Lisa Hartman Black on "When I Said I Do," Black's voice provides the signature sound.

The four new titles include a second duet with his wife, "Easy For Me To Say," a journey to parenthood capped with a lullaby, "Little Pearl and Lily's Lullaby," a twangy tale of one of life's eternal conundrums, "Money or Love" and a winning big-band remake of "Put Yourself in My Shoes" that evokes equal parts Nelson Riddle and Lyle Lovett.

And as if all this weren't enough, the Windows- and Macintosh-compatible extended facilities provide a screen saver, wallpaper backgrounds, a link to Black's official website, and a home-grown D'lectrified tour video. This is an excellent partner for volume one.