"Clint Black has released just two albums (D'lectrified, Nothin' But The Taillights) since his first Greatest Hits came out in 1996. His preoccupation with his recently born daughter, however, coupled with his insistence on writing his own material, make this second volume of hits - including four new tracks - his most practical output at this time.
Black's recent hits include some first-rate duets with Martina McBride (the haunting "Still Holdin' On"), Steve Wariner (the jazzy "Been There") and wife Lisa Hartman Black (the pretty "When I Said I Do") as well as solo efforts that are both rip-roaring ("Nothin'But The Taillights") and touching ("Something That We Do"). The older singles found here, like the catchy "When My Ship Comes In" and the soulful "Nobody's Home" (Black's most witty lyrics to date), are just as good and could have been included on the first Greatest Hits. The new tracks include another duet with wife Lisa on "Easy For Me To Say." Like "When I Said I Do," it is a simple but moving tale of devotion (a fresh thematic approach would be appreciated on future duets). His bluesy rendition of "Put Yourself In My Place" continues another recent Black trend: reworking prior hits. It is great but unnecessary (the original was great too). "Little Pearl/Lilly's Lullaby" offers a precious tribute to his new daughter while the country rocker "Money Or Love" gives an old theme some fresh life with the most lively playing on the disc. Still unanthologized after two volumes are the lush "Loving Blind" and the haunting "Where Are You Now" from 1990's Put Yourself In My Place as well as the Merle Haggard collaboration "Untanglin' My Mind" from 1994's One Emotion. Surely they will make it onto Black's inevitable third volume of hits"
More Of The Best Of Black!
Barry | 04/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have always thought that Clint Black was above a lot of other country artists that he has been lumped with over the years,or of any artist to come out of the genre in years. He has a real country twangish voice, strong lyrics, and very melodic songs. His first greatest hits was a magnificent album. Perfect in every way. This one is almost as perfect, but not quite. This new set includes three hits from his first album "Killin' Time" in 1989 that were omitted from his first greatest hits set. Here you get "Walkin' Away", "Nobody's Home", and "Nothings News". All great traditional country classics. The rest is a mix of real country songs and some of Clint's more rocking/pop songs that he has done in the last few years. His most recent duets with wife Lisa Hartman Black on "When I Said I Do", and good friend Steve Wariner on the great "Been There", are here. Also included is his pretty duet with Martina McBride called "Still Holding On". Two of my favorites, "Nothin' But The Tailights" and "The Shoes Your Wearing" are included as well. The reason this set isn't as great as the first is that some of these songs are pretty light. There's nothing wrong with that at all, but they don't hold up for very long like some others. The three new songs here are a mixed bunch. Clint tries to do another duet with his wife on the anemic and bland "Easy For Me To Say". The magic that made their first duet a pretty song is entirely missing on this one. "Money Or Love" is a fun rockin' toe tapper in the way that only Clint can do it. Many reviewers say this song is as cliched as they come. So?. It has words, it has a beat, he sings, it does it's job. End of story. The last new song is a song for his new baby called "Little Pearl". It is, of course, a fantastic song.... I hate it when people get irritated when an artist writes something sweet and special for a loved one. Isn't doing that one of the best things about writing a song?. The song is gorgeous and sweet with adorable lyrics. Clint is a brilliant lyricist. He's an incredible musician and performer. There is no one else like him. Sure, Mr. Black has strayed a little from his roots, but who cares?. It's all about the music. He's just doing what he does best and we can't thank him enough for it. Looking forward to more great music from this man in black."
J. M. Zuurbier | Canada | 03/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Clint Black's latest Greatest hits compilation GREATEST HITS II picks off where 1996's THE GREATEST HITS left off. Now you might think that its too soon for a new compilation, but between 1996-2001 Clint had two albums, 1997's NOTHIN BUT THE TAILLIGHTS and 1999's D'LECTRIFIED. Both albums spawned some substantial hits, which appear here, as well as some older songs. As well there are 4 new songs, which make this a worthwhile collection to own! "Easy For Me To Say" is a new duet with his wife Lisa Hartman Black, which follows in the same vein as their first duet "When I Said I Do" (which also appears on this CD). Lisa and Clint compliment each other well on both songs, their voices are well suited for each other. "Money or Love" is an upbeat song which has failed to make an impact on country radio, but its a great song about money and love, really fiesty in a way and overall just a great song. "Little Pearl and Lily's Lullaby" is a sweet song dedicated to their children. As well there is a new blues version of Clint's past song "Put Yourself In My Shoes". The hits that appear on here include "Nothin But The Taillights", "Something That We Do", "Still Holdin On" (duet with Martina McBride, excellent song!), "Been There" (with Steve Wariner), "One Emotion", "When My Ship Comes In" and many more. No fan will want to do without this wonderful collection!"
Nicely picked second volume of hits (+ more!)
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 12/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Black's second volume of hits expands upon his first by focussing on his last two albums ("Nothin' But the Taillights" and "D'Lectrified") as well as digging deeper into releases dating back to his 1989 debut, "Killin' Time." By covering some of the same earlier ground, Volume Two is able to pick up early hits that didn't fit into the first volume. Chart-toppers "Walkin' Away" and "Nobody's Home", and top-10s "One More Payment" and "When My Ship Comes In" seamlessly complement the newer hits. The regularity and consistent quality of Black's hits is really impressive.For fans who already own Black's entire catalog, Volume Two adds four new tracks, including a new duet with Black's wife, Lisa Hartman Black, as well as a swinging big-band rearrangement of "Put Yourself in My Shoes" and a lullaby to the Blacks' baby daughter. The collection adds up to a generous sixty-five minutes of music that provides a potent dose of Black's charms. And if that's not enough, the extended CD-ROM capabilities of the disc provide a screen saver, desktop wallpaper, and a homegrown video shot on the D'Lectrified tour."
CLINT DOES IT AGAIN!
hyperbolium | 11/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a wonderful way to spend my birthday - listening told faves AND the heartwarming BEAUTIFUL new songs - and lo and behold - surprise - my roommate pops the CD in the computer and there's all that extra video, screensaver and goodies on there too! No wonder he's still on top after 10 years - here's to many more. RUN don't walk to add this to your must have country collection."