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Album Review

The Definitive Collection compiles the key highlights from Mark Wills' up-and-down stint with Mercury Nashville from 1996-2003. A couple other greatest-hits collections preceded this one's release, but there's no question that The Definitive Collection lives up to its billing. It rounds up a total of 18 songs, whereas competing releases such as Greatest Hits (2002) and 20th Century Masters (2004) are cursory, featuring less than a dozen each. Moreover, the packaging of The Definitive Collection is well done: the booklet is filled with glossy photos, the songs are credited and sequenced chronologically, the sound is remastered, and Martin Huxley penned some insightful liner notes (come to find out, it was Wills who'd presented his guitar to President George W. Bush on August 30, 2005 — in the midst of Hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Gulf Coast — for that infamous, widely circulated photo that became a symbol of the President's inattentiveness to the horrors then taking place in New Orleans). Of the 18 tracks, three come from Mark Wills (1996), four from Wish You Were Here (1998), three from Permanently (2000), three from Loving Every Minute (2001), two from Greatest Hits (2002), and three from And the Crowd Goes Wild (2003) — a fairly even roundup overall. The style and quality of the inclusions vary, however, with the sensitive ballads of Wish You Were Here perhaps standing out most. The Greatest Hits inclusion "19 Somethin'" is also a clear standout — Wills' biggest hit, it held the number one spot on the country singles chart for six weeks and is one of the few up-tempo, purely fun songs here. The chronological sequencing of The Definitive Collection is revealing. As the serviceable contemporary country style of Mark Wills gives way to the adult contemporary of Wish You Were Here, you can sense a sea change in direction, and from there, Wills seems adrift, trying on different hats in vain until his contract eventually ran its course. In retrospect, the R&B-tinged schmaltz of Permanently particularly seems like it was an ill-advised detour, while all that followed seems to be a fruitless struggle to regain Wills' lost audience, with the exception of "19 Somethin'," of course, which was a novelty.

Customer Reviews

truly definitive

All of mark wills' albums are filled with wonderful, poignant, lyrical wonders... if you've never listened to him check it out! It'll be well worth your time.


Texas247's idea on Mark Wills and this album. Mark has great songs that are fun and uplifting. Some great Steel Guitar work on it also. The only song missing on here is Rich Man, still worth checking out.

The Definitive Collection

Excellent! Mark Wills has done it again. Worth listening to over and over again.


Born: August 8, 1973 in Cleveland, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he didn't quite achieve the fame or sales of new country contemporaries as Tim McGraw or Clay Walker, Mark Wills earned a respectable following and strong reviews following the release of his eponymous 1996 debut album. As a teenager in the small town of Blue Ridge, GA, Wills was fond of pop-metal bands like Poison and Bon Jovi, and throughout his teens he played in metal garage bands. But as he became an adult, his tastes shifted toward country-pop and new traditionalist country. Considering...
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