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  • Summary: Despite the misleading title, 'The Greatest' is not a best-of collection, but rather is Chan Marshall's first album of original songs in three years. It was recorded in Memphis and finds the singer backed by some of that city's legendary session musicians.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    After only a few spins, The Greatest sounds like another [masterpiece]. [Feb 2006, p.84]
  2. 90
    By putting some warm flesh on her musical bones, Chan Marshall is punching her considerable songwriting weight. [Jan 2006, p.116]
  3. Never so flatly confessional as to be artless, her plaintive sentiments are still nakedly honest, strangely restrained yet unfettered. Still, Marshall's singing occasionally feels distant, negating the intimacy. [22 Jan 2006]
  4. Though it's an interesting idea and is at times stirring, the results don't always work as well as one would hope.
  5. 70
    It partly works. [Mar 2006, p.110]
  6. Though the lyrics are light ("Could We") and often banal ("The Moon"), the warm, Mazzy Star minimalism and neon-roots groove are fairly irresistible.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Jan 13, 2011
    I listened to this album eveyday for 3 years. It's just wonderful. The backing band are rock steady and perfectly accentuate her voice. You have no soul if you don't like this album! Expand
  2. Nov 20, 2013
    People are always trying to be different. This album is the definition of perfection. It's been years since it was first released, but I can still enjoy the whole album playing repeatedly today. "The Greatest" is a tremendous accomplishment both musically and lyrically. Anyone giving this album a score below 7 is only trying to not be the "mainstream" reviewers or simply underrating both Marshall and the album. Expand

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