Anita Baker, one of R&B's loveliest voices, brought to the world a jazzy, gospel, adult-contemporary style of music that excited all of us. Of course, no one can mock her style. She is pure genius at establishing her own identity. When you hear her classics "Sweet Love", "Giving You The Best That I Got", "Rapture" and "Good Love", you pretty much know what you're dealing with. Of course, not many compilations surround this mighty 'songstress', but there is one that does satisfy - "The Best Of...". Maybe because it provides an extensive timeline of her finest achievements in musical history. It even features the over-looked, jazzier R&B material (three tracks) from her debut project, "The Songstress"; which so happens to be her best material. Plus the songs are rendered in a chronological order - which is a "plus". The songs are digitially remastered - which sits well with Anita's audiences. Only problem, most of the cuts are edited version of the albums' offerings. But with almost 80 minutes jammed into this one, you can't be too grieved. Most of her hits are assembled on "The Best Of", including "Body And Soul", "No One In The World", "Ain't No Need To Worry (featuring the Winans)", "Just Because", "Same Ole Love" and "Fairy Tales".
In my opinion, "Rapture" was Anita's best album...and featured the most radio hits. You will find five of those tracks on here; which is pretty comforting. Besides the edited versions, this album is a great journey featuring eighteen splendid musical offerings. That's a good thing, ain't it. If you want to witness this musical giant at action and plan on just getting one album from her, start here first.