Martina McBride

The Essential Martina McBride

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Since she first signed a record deal in 1991, Martina McBride has had a smoothly consistent career, driven by her refreshing version of pop-country (which has landed several of her singles on the pop and country charts) and her down-home, country-girl-next-door appearance and appeal. This two-disc, 40-track set collects her hits and other essential tracks in one place, and with cuts like "Independence Day," "Safe in the Arms of Love," "Happy Girl," "Blessed," "Where Would You Be," and "Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong," it shows a bright and impressive legacy. Duets (some of which were also big hits) with Clint Black ("Still Holding On"), Bob Seger ("Chances), Jimmy Buffett ("Trip Around the Sun"), Raul Malo ("Feels Like Home"), and Alan Jackson ("Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man") are also included here, making this a nice one-purchase survey of this fine singer, one who has always delivered with intelligence, accessibility, and grace.

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