This is Eli Young Band - Greatest Hits (Valory, 2019)
Eli Young Band
Reviewed by Bill Caruthers
Calling this record "Greatest Hits" is something of a misnomer, since the band has had 14 charting singles to date, with some notably missing, while two new songs and a bonus acoustic version of "Crazy Girl" are included among the 14 offerings here. Perhaps "The Essential" or "Best Of" might be more appropriate. Along with their award-winning number one hit "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" and other number ones ("Crazy Girl" and "Drunk Last Night") come fan favorites such as "Always The Love Songs," "Dust", "When it Rains," "Stillwater Gospel" and "Guinevere." Notably missing from the set are "Say Good Night" and "Radio Waves" that actually charted a bit higher than some of those included.
The big news is the single "Love Ain't" and the other new offering, "Where Were You." These are solid Nashville country songs, sending the EYB back into chart territory that they have been missing recently. Written by Nashville super writers Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, and current writer of the year, Shane McAnnally, "Love Ain't" is a real-life inspired tale of sacrifice and an homage to those among us who may not who love is, but can definitively identify what it isn't. If you like EYB, you will love this album and if unfamiliar, this provides a primer on the band's evolution from college town bar band to today.
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