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LeAnn Rimes has embraced genres from bluegrass to dance-pop; on Family, she settles into an easy contemporary country groove. Along for the ride is Marc Broussard, himself a versatile country-soul singer, who duets with Rimes on two tracks. Two bonus tracks pair Rimes with veteran singers: Reba McEntire on "When You Love Someone Like That," and Jon Bon Jovi on "Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
LeAnn Rimes planned to succeed This Woman, her 2005 return to country, with a pop album called Whatever We Wanna in 2006, but as This Woman continued to sell steadily in the U.S., that album wound up seeing the light...
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LeAnn Rimes has embraced genres from bluegrass to dance-pop; on Family, she settles into an easy contemporary country groove. Along for the ride is Marc Broussard, himself a versatile country-soul singer, who duets with Rimes on two tracks. Two bonus tracks pair Rimes with veteran singers: Reba McEntire on "When You Love Someone Like That," and Jon Bon Jovi on "Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
LeAnn Rimes planned to succeed This Woman, her 2005 return to country, with a pop album called Whatever We Wanna in 2006, but as This Woman continued to sell steadily in the U.S., that album wound up seeing the light of day only in Europe. Instead of issuing Whatever We Wanna in America in 2007, Rimes released an entirely different, brand-new album called Family, a record that was closer to country than her 2006 Europop excursion. Of course, this makes it tailor-made for the American market, where she is still seen primarily as a country singer, not a pop star, but Family isn't quite a crass commercial move. Instead, it's her first album of all original material (many co-written with Dean Sheremet, Blair Daly, and Darrell Brown in some combination or another), which makes this a bit of a relative risk, as Rimes has been known as song interpreter, not a songwriter, in the decade she's been recording. Then again, Rimes hasn't exactly been complacent during those ten years: she's recorded everything from classic country to dance-pop, dabbling in adult contemporary crossovers, inspirational music, and even rockabilly along the way. She's learned a lot in those explorations, as evidenced by Family, which may not touch on everything she's done but is surprisingly far-ranging underneath its soft country-pop veneer. There may be just a bit too much of the smooth crossover material here, particularly on the first half of the record, but beneath that gloss there are some sturdy songs, songs that play like a blend of Reba McEntire and early Dixie Chicks. Also, as the album rolls on, Rimes loosens up, first with the sunny party tune "Good Friend and a Glass of Wine," then eventually rolling to the swaggering Marc Broussard duet "Nothin' Wrong," which kicks up some genuine dirt, and then culminating in the slow, soulful crawl of "One Day Too Long." On songs like these, Rimes illustrates her range as a singer along with some true strength as a writer, and they help make Family a canny blend of the commercial and the confessional -- an album that feels heartfelt, yet is as accessible and enjoyable as her best records.
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
This is the first LeAnn Rimes album for which she wrote or helped write every song, and the music echoes the fearlessness in the lyrics. "Nothin’ Better to Do," her terrific current single (and, so far, a minor country hit) is a brash, bluesy romp; "I Want You With Me," another highlight, gives her a chance to gently belt out a love song.

This is the first LeAnn Rimes album for which she wrote or helped write every song, and the music echoes the fearlessness in the lyrics. "Nothin’ Better to Do," her terrific current single (and, so far, a minor country hit) is a brash, bluesy romp; "I Want You With Me," another highlight, gives her a chance to gently belt out a love song.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187899421
  • Catalog Number: 78994
  • Sales rank: 14,489

Album Credits

Performance Credits
LeAnn Rimes Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano, Hammond Organ
Eric Darken Percussion
John Catchings Cello
Mark Douthit Saxophone
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Carl Gorodetzky Violin
Barry Green Trombone
Kenny Greenberg Guitar
Mike Haynes Trumpet
Dann Huff Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rami Jaffee Hammond Organ
Charles Judge Synthesizer, Keyboards
Russ Kunkel Drums
JayDee Mannes Pedal Steel Guitar
Stuart Mathis Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh Drums
Doug Moffet Baritone Saxophone
Steve Nathan Piano, Hammond Organ
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Jonathan Yudkin Banjo, Fiddle, Mandola
Tim Akers Organ, Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Leland Sklar Bass
Tim Lauer Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, farfisa organ, solina, Casio
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen Cello
Joanna Janet Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Reba McEntire Producer, Duet
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Derek Bason Engineer
Tony Brown Producer
Terry Christian Engineer
Richard Dodd Engineer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Mark Hagen Engineer, overdub engineer
Dann Huff Producer
Charles Judge Programming, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Michael Omartian Horn Arrangements
Brett James Composer
LeAnn Rimes Composer, Author, Duet
Karyn Rochelle Composer
Blair Daly Composer
Mike Butler Engineer
Marc Broussard Composer
Troy Verges Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Perfect

    Amaaaazing!!!!! Get it now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!!

    Well 1st I have never listened to LeAnn Rimes before but wow i love this cd it is just...........well......WOW.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Well, first off, I'm in love AGAIN! LeAnn is a wonderful singer and writer. This album more than proves THAT. I was a little put off a few albums back and remained that way for a while, although I DID like some of the songs on each of them. I mean, how could anyone NOT like them??? This album is listed as "Country" and I kinda, sorta don't TOTALLY agree with that classification, but what the hey, I am NOT, or even CLOSE, to being a professional music classifier or reviewer, so we'll just say OKAY!!!! Bottom line is that if you were even wavering a tiny bit about purchasing this album, STOP wavering and BUY THIS ALBUM. You will NEVER regret the purchase, believe me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's Back!!!!

    First of all, this album is AMAZING!!!! I am not to excited about the title “Family”, it seems a little weak for an album that is explosive with emotions and vocal skyscrapers. I will say that I have been a LeAnn Rimes fan off and on and was really starting to lose interest. Her previous albums lacked the luster of her debut and sophomore album. However, she is back!!! The writing, instrumental, and vocals on “Family” are amazing. She pushes her self to the next level and pulls you into to her raw and exposed emotions. Such power but with such control. My favorite song is “Fight” and speaks of the moment of “enough already”! Love Love Love this album. The duets on this album have a very will thought out feel to them. The men match up perfectly with LeAnn’s stellar talent. Seems like she has put a lot of stuff behind her and is really appreciating herself as an artist again. Well done.

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