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Title - '35 Biggest Hits' (Show Dog Nashville)
Artist - Toby Keith

Back in 1993 the music industry was introduced to a new album from a man named Toby Keith. The album, self-titled "Toby Keith," didn't give the singer a look that screamed "star," but the songs sure did. The album produced four hit singles and was solidified platinum. And a star was born. Since then Keith's accomplishments in the music world have been phenomenal. He's had numerous number one hits, and all of his CD's have sold gold, with most going platinum. Not only did Keith become one of the biggest country singers in the music industry, he became one of the biggest singers in the music industry PERIOD! Now, I'm a big Toby Keith fan, but ever since establishing his own record label Keith has been releasing a new album every year. On top of that he's been in movies, TV specials, and contributed to soundtracks.

While this may sound great, his CD's have been...let's say, mostly sub-par. Yeah there is at least a couple of entertaining tracks, but if you took all the hits he's had since his last greatest hits album you'd have a decent album. Not a great album, a decent album. Which makes the inclusion of a third greatest hits CD a mere four years after the previous one puzzling. Acknowledging that Keith hasn't had too many "real" hits since then is what most likely contributed to this being a career spanning hits album instead of a standard hits album. So what is on this career spanning collection? Well for starters it contains all the songs that were on previous greatest hits albums (as far as I can tell), so longtime fans who pick this CD can throw those two CD's away (or bring them to a used music store). So "Dream Walking," "I Wanna Talk About Me," and "How Do You Like Me Now?" are all here.

Some of his weaker "hits" like "Mockingbird" and the Willie Nelson duet "Beer For My Horses" even makes the cut. Since these songs are making third or forth appearances I'll skip those songs and look at what's been added. From what is (arguably) his weakest album, "Honkytonk U," "As Good As I Once Was," and "Big Blue Note" all make the cut here. For me these are all poor songs...with the exception of "As Good As I Once Was," and even that's not a particularly memorable tune. From the brilliantly titled (though still very underwhelming) album "White Trash With Money" we get "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" and "A Little Too Late." "Get Drunk and Be Somebody" is a no-brainer, as I feel it's one of his most fun songs in years, and "A Little Too Late" is also a good song, so it's good to see them here.

It's a shame that "Crash Here Tonight" (which was also featured on the "Broken Bridges" soundtrack) didn't make the cut. No songs from Keith's Christmas album or "Big Dog Daddy" are here, so either those songs are being held off for the next greatest hits CD, or neither album produced any real hits. The sole new song is "She's A Hottie." And I have to admit, it's pretty bad ... sorry! Old fans might want to stick with their current CD's.





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