• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jan 24, 2006
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 85
  2. Negative: 4 out of 85

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  1. Jan 13, 2011
    10
    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!
  2. Nov 20, 2013
    10
    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 bothPeople 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
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Aside from one or two bore-me-ups, this is an album of understated perfection.
  2. It doesn't take a genius to see that this is a wicked concept on paper: Marshall's got the voice and the vibe to make it work, but there's a nagging sense that it wasn't properly planned out.
  3. 90
    Similarly to Lambchop's Nixon, it weaves together new and old, soul and country, black and white, love and hate, to form an understated masterpiece. [Feb 2006, p.74]