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  • A Collection of Hits [Mercury, 1990] *
  • Coal [Captain Potato, 2008] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

A Collection of Hits [Mercury, 1990]
here's hoping her real marriage is this real ("Where've You Been," "Life as We Knew It") *

Coal [Captain Potato, 2008]
Living songs about the power of blackness and the illusory allure of green ("The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore," "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"). **