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Bryan White - Greatest Hits
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Oklahoma-born Bryan White signed his first major recording contract in 1993 at the age of 19. The epitome of young country, White, with an angel's face and a voice to match, was raised on both country and rock, and saw no ... more »
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Oklahoma-born Bryan White signed his first major recording contract in 1993 at the age of 19. The epitome of young country, White, with an angel's face and a voice to match, was raised on both country and rock, and saw no problem labeling himself as one genre while performing primarily the other. His forte is upbeat, bouncy pop--mostly positive songs about love and all its possibilities. As this Greatest Hits package shows, he can get downright icky on such sentimental efforts as "From This Moment On," his Mutt Lange-produced duet with Shania Twain, and on "Rebecca Lynn," the very sort of romantic fantasy that endears him to the prepubescent female set. But his elastic tenor and emotional targeting prove effective on such energetic tunes as "Love Is the Right Place" and the more reflective "How Long," one of two new tracks here. This collection finds him at a crossroads--whether to mature into a balladeer of substance or to continue with the lightweight fare that made him a welcome radio act. "The Way You Look at Me," the second new cut, suggests he's seen the light. Good boy, Bryan. We've all gotta grow up sometime. --Alanna Nash
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10 Great Songs + 2 New Tracks
jmorela1 | Knoxville, TN USA | 11/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bryan has some "great hits" here: namely "Someone Else's Star" (his 1st #1), "Rebecca Lynn" (a song he claim in the notes may be his signature song), and "I'm Not Supposed to Love You Anymore" (the #1 song that moved him into the big time and pushed sales of his debut and sophomore album past the platinum mark).Crowd favorites "Sittin' on Go," "Love is the Right Place" and "So Much for Pretending" add great flavor and an up beat attitude to the album. Of course, you can't leave out the duet with Shania (which, while sappy at times, is still a beautiful love song). "That's Another Song"--a Top 10 hit--is considered by critics as one of the best songs of his career.There are songs that don't fall into the "hit" catergory: "Look at Me Now" (a great song that only managed to break the top twenty, but was White's first success as a songwriter)and "One Small Miracle" (which barely broke the top 40, but is notable for guests Steve Wariner and Whisperin' Bill Anderson).The two new tracks are "hate 'em or love 'em." Dedicated fans will love them simply because White has a very loyal fan base that loves just about anything he records (Who can blmae them? He's got the voice of an angel). "How Long," the lead single, mixes some awesome music with some light vocals--namely Bryan's. Meaning, the music seems to outweigh his voice. "The Way You Look at Me" faces the same problem, and them some. The lyrics just don't seem to fit the music, nor do they readily flow.One of the greatest parts of this album is the packaging--great pics and Bryan writes about each of the songs briefly (revealing some trivia and facts even die-hard fans may not know).All in all, this album doesn't have much to offer for die-hard fans who already own all his music. General music audiences looking for the "esssential" Bryan White will be satisfied with this album. Dedicated fans know the "greatest" of Bryan's music is often the songs never released as singles.Bryan is looking for an album to revive his career, but I just don't think this will be it (especially considering the lack of marketing and awareness concerning this album).Still a great addition to anyone's collection."
Good summation of young artist's best work
James E. Bagley | Sanatoga, PA USA | 10/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bryan White emerged as a country chart regular in 1995 thanks in large part to his teen heartthrob status. With his angelic tenor - a younger version of his idol Steve Wariner - he filled a vacuum as the male counterpart to friend and touring-mate LeAnn Rimes.The bigger hits (all ten of his top 20 efforts comprising the previously released material on Greatest Hits) tend to involve some aspect of love. The ballads, such as the fond remembrance of first love "Rebecca Lynn," the overly precious plea "Someone Else's Star, " and his vow-of-devotion duet with Shania Twain "From This Moment On" tend toward the mushy. White fares a lot better with the up-tempo numbers like "Love Is The Right Place," "Sittin' On Go," and the self-penned "So Much For Pretending." On these romps, we actually get occasional glimpses of an artist attempting to put some real feeling in his music.This 1996 Horizon Award winner stalled with his hitless, self-produced fourth effort How Lucky I Am from 1999. The two new recordings included here ("How Long," "The Way You Look At Me") are a vast improvement over anything found there, with sparse instrumental backing and reflective subject matter that fit the adult White well. Whether radio will embrace White as an adult singer tackling adult subject matter remains to be seen, but this Greatest Hits does a very good job of capturing the best moments from the first phase of his career."
The best, all in one shot!
Jessica Davis | Virginia | 10/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Get the best of Bryan White all in one great CD. If you are thinking, "I don't really like country music," you will still like this CD! Bryan has a more modern kind of music, not the old twangy country everything thinks of. This is definitely one album that you can listen to over and over again. It includes Bryan's early hits and a few new songs. His sweet, sexy voice will give you chills in songs like "That's Another Song". Check it out, you won't be sorry!"