November 28, 2008
Few acts in modern country music have been as unfairly maligned as SHeDaisy. This trio of sisters are are often villified for their pop-drenched country, but what’s overlooked is just how well-crafted it is. Their innovative production and cleverly layered harmonies aside, what has made SHeDaisy truly distinctive is excellent songwriting, anchored by one of the sisters themselves, Kristyn Osborn.
This year’s collection The Best of SHeDaisy offers a solid introduction to the underrated vocal group. Included are all but one of their hits to date, including four from their double platinum debut, The Whole SHeBang. The hits from that set remain their biggest, if not necessarily their best. They earned a Grammy nomination for their first release, “Little Good-Byes”, and also scored high on the charts with “This Woman Needs” and “I Will…But.”
But the collection gets a lot more interesting when it moves on to selections from their later albums, most notably a pair of hits from their strongest set to date, 2002′s Knock on the Sky. “Get Over Yourself” and “Mine All Mine” are the most ambitious cuts on the collection, and are a good representation of that album’s unconventional twist on pop-country.
A trio of singles from their third album, the gold-selling Sweet Right Here, helped them reclaim some of their former glory at country radio, with the self-deprecating “Don’t Worry ‘Bout a Thing” returning them to the top ten. Even better are a pair of hits from their most recent studio set, Fortuneteller’s Melody, which featured a more organic sound than their previous work. Particularly notable is “In Terms of Love”, a post-divorce reflection that is brutally, bitingly honest.
While the collection is augmented with their contribution to the Desperate Housewives soundtrack “God Bless the American Housewife” and excludes only one of their singles (“Still Holding Out For You”), the thirteen tracks go by a little to quickly. The set would have benefited from a choice selection of album cuts, or perhaps a tune or two from their stunningly good Christmas set, Brand New Year. But as is, The Best of SHeDaisy is a solid and representative introduction to a band that is far better than they’re usually given credit for.