Photographers: Ross Pelton; Frank W. 3 Ockenfels; David McClister; Andrew Southam.
Arriving 12 years after LeAnn Rimes' first Greatest Hits collection but more importantly just after she closed out her long-running contract with Curb, All-Time Greatest Hits rounds up 20 highlights from her nearly 20 years with the label. Most of these -- 13, to be precise -- can be found on Greatest Hits and not all of the additional seven were charting hits; "Amazing Grace" was never released as a single and "The Right Kind of Wrong" is pulled from the Coyote Ugly soundtrack. Those other five are highlighted by the Top Ten hits "Something's Gotta Give," "Probably Wouldn't Be This Way," and "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense," all of which showed up in the years immediately after 2003's Greatest Hits. The latest single here is "Nothin' Better to Do," which came out in 2007, and that's a fair reflection of Rimes' past decade. After 2007, she released several albums, many of them quite good, but for a variety of reasons they weren't hits. This concentrates on the radio songs people know, and it's better for it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine