Mann is a gifted melodist who occasionally gets lucky in the lyrics department. What she isn't--at least so far--is an album artist. Even her best record, I'm With Stupid, contains weak material like the leaden "Par for the Course" and "Ray," a cute song which unfortunately recycles part of the melody from the superior "That's Just What You Are." So, to these ears, this is about as good a single disc collection of Mann's "greatest hits" as one could reasonably expect. Sure, I could quibble with a few of the more glaring omissions--I would delete the lightweight "Sign of Love" and substitute either "Mr. Harris" from Whatever or "Ghost World" from Bachelor No. 2--but the only criminal omission is "Save Me" from the Magnolia soundtrack.
In short, this is a solid collection of Beatlesque pop songs (great to sing along with while driving) and the only Mann album noncultists need to own until the inevitable two-disc anthology comes along.