By releasing Wyclef Jean’s Greatest Hits, it is almost like Columbia is trying to trick Jean fans into purchasing it. The album was released just a week before Jean comes out with his fourth studio album, but the first album away from Columbia. People going out to buy the studio album might think this is the new album they were hoping for, if they don’t look close enough.
Greatest Hits albums used to be reserved for artists who were either retiring or who had enough hit singles to release an album full of them. While Jean has accomplished a lot as a solo artist, it’s questionable whether or not he actually deserves this album.
There are chart toppers such as 911 and Gone Till November. But then there’s Something About Mary and Diallo, two great songs but relatively unknowns; thus the album being called “Greatest Hits” and not “Number Ones.”
And where’s Guantanamera?
Watch for a review of Jean’s “The Preacher’s Son” next week.