I have to tell you, I adore the music of Mary Chapin Carpenter.
I got hooked on her in the ˝Down at the twist and shout˝ era and have followed her ever since.
She has a deep, sexy voice that seems to always reflect a mellowness of a special time.
This cd takes a lot of her finest material from her earlier albums with the unusual exception of her debut album, ˝Hometown Girl,˝ which was released well before her music became mainstream.
This is the second compilation released by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The first one, ˝Party Doll˝ contains some of the same material, but as live and alternate tracks.
˝Essential˝ Mary Chapin Carpenter is all of the original studio material the best I can tell and the quality of the recordings are exceptional.
The album contains 16 of her best songs.
Although two of my personal favorite Mary Chapin Carpenter songs, ˝Keeping the faith˝ and ˝Let me into your heart˝ have been omitted, it is tough to argue with the selection of songs here.
The cd showcases her versatility ranging from the bluegrass ˝Down at the twist and shout˝ to the acoustic ˝Stones in the road˝ to the poppy ˝Shut up and kiss me.˝
Most Mary Chapin Carpenter fans will already have most, if not all of the material, and have no need for the cd.
But if you’ve always enjoyed her music on the radio, and you’d like to buy just one, this would be it.
If you are out there and have just decided to explore some new music and you enjoy artists like Lyle Lovett or Emmylou Harris, or Roseanne Cash, then give this cd a spin. I am sure you will enjoy it.