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Country - Released April 30, 1996 | BNA Records Label

Mindy McCready's debut Ten Thousand Angels is an appealing debut album, despite a handful of flaws. The songwriting on the album is occasionally a little weak, but throughout the record McCready turns in a powerhouse performance that elevates her to the front ranks of young female contemporary country singers. © Thom Owens /TiVo
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Country - Released January 10, 2000 | BNA Records Label

Super Hits may be a budget-line compilation -- usually a sign of cut-rate product -- but it's nevertheless an excellent summation of Mindy McCready's two hit country albums for BNA. It bypasses her third and final record for the label, I'm Not So Tough, but that's fine, since that was a pop crossover move that didn't quite work out. That means that Super Hits contains nothing but the cream of Ten Thousand Angels and If I Don't Stay the Night -- 10 songs, including the hits "Ten Thousand Angels," "Guys Do It All the Time," "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)," "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now," "What if I Do," "You''ll Never Know," and "The Other Side of This Kiss," plus a handful of album tracks. It may not be packaged like a first-rate compilation, but that's its only flaw, since Super Hits contains everything most McCready fans could want. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Country - Released August 7, 2003 | RLG - BMG Heritage

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Country - Released January 1, 2002 | Capitol Nashville

With her bellybutton ring and in-your-face songs (e.g., "Guys Do It All the Time"), 20-year-old Mindy McCready seemed like the next big thing in Nashville in 1996-1997, especially after her million-selling debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, turned out to feature three Top Ten country singles. But 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night was a relative disappointment, and 1999's I'm Not So Tough an outright disaster, after which she parted ways with her record company, BNA, and switched to Capitol. The new label showed the flag by distributing the promotional single "Scream" in the fall of 2000 but, when it didn't attract much attention, McCready woodshedded before emerging with the radio track "Maybe, Maybe Not" in early 2002, followed by this self-titled fourth album. Despite its mediocre showing, "Scream," with its emotive vocal and elements of traditional country, is the most impressive track here, and McCready might have been better advised to record more material in a similar vein. Instead, she opted for highly produced country-pop recordings -- often reminiscent of Faith Hill -- that don't show her voice off to advantage. Typical of them is "Maybe, Maybe Not," which ought to be a rollicking tune with some of the lyrical bite fans are accustomed to hearing from McCready, except that the overly busy arrangement buries the punch line in the chorus when, after rehearsing the possibility of returning to a former lover, she sings, "Maybe not." Elsewhere, on "I Just Want Love," she throws in a hint of Latin pop, an odd touch for a country album. You can't blame her for trying a variety of approaches in attempting a comeback, but the result is schizophrenic and tends to confirm the view of McCready as a calculating careerist in a field that, despite all, still respects tradition more than anything. © William Ruhlmann /TiVo
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Country - Released September 14, 1999 | RCA Records Label

Taking a bit of a cue from Faith Hill and Shania Twain, Mindy McCready shoots for the crossover adult contemporary audience with her third album, I'm Not So Tough. She doesn't take things quite as far as either Faith or Shania, retaining a distinct country twang to the music (if not the voice) throughout the album, but it's clear that the album has a smoother, brighter sheen, all the better for pop radio, plus ballads and mid-tempo pop cuts that are designed for wider plays. This may dismay some longtime fans, but McCready pulls it off because she sings with conviction and she has true charisma. That said, the music itself isn't as appealing as that on her first two albums and the material is a bit more uneven, but it is often entertaining and is ultimately at least a musically successful bid at a crossover adult pop record. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo