I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

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by Lee Ann Womack
     
 

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I Hope You Dance abundantly illustrates why other country artists speak about Lee Ann Womack in hushed tones. Assaying lyrical, eloquent tales of the heart by top-notch writers, Womack puts on a display of vocalizing so sensitive and nuanced that its dimensions can be grasped only through repeated listening. Ronnie Bowman's dobro-drenched tale of unendingSee more details below

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I Hope You Dance abundantly illustrates why other country artists speak about Lee Ann Womack in hushed tones. Assaying lyrical, eloquent tales of the heart by top-notch writers, Womack puts on a display of vocalizing so sensitive and nuanced that its dimensions can be grasped only through repeated listening. Ronnie Bowman's dobro-drenched tale of unending heartbreak, "The Healing Kind," sets the stage for this momentous journey, then Womack immediately raises the ante with the title track, a heartfelt advisory to embrace the poetry in life. With a basic band, a discreet string section, and Womack's awe-inspiring voice, "I Hope You Dance" has the feel of a classic. But that's only the beginning. Womack outdoes herself on almost every track. Check out the barely contained devastation she summons on Bobbie Cryner's deliberate tale of a divorced mom in "Stronger than I Am" and her scorched-earth take on Rodney Crowell's "Ashes By Now." Throw in a little Appalachian soul courtesy of the ubiquitous Julie and Buddy Miller's thundering denouncement of a duplicitous lover in "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger," and you'll be wondering if there's any type of song this artist cannot make her own. Lee Ann Womack is as fine an interpretive singer as country has to offer, and her story's only beginning.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
After a platinum-selling self-titled debut and a gold follow-up with Some Things I Know, Lee Ann Womack just keeps getting better. Billboard calls it "a career record." I Hope You Dance is one of the finest albums to hit country music post Shania Twain. Womack possesses such a sweet, melodious voice and its distinctiveness graces every one of the 12 tracks like they were chosen just for her vocals. But it's the album's title track, a dedication to Womack's daughters (and featuring the Sons of the Desert) that will leave you feeling swept away. (Her daughters, Aubrie and Anna Lise, who were ages 9 and 1 [respectively] at the time, appear in the video with her.) "Don't let some hardened heart leave you bitter/When you come close to selling out, reconsider/Give the heavens above more than a passing glance/And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance." Listeners will undoubtedly dance to I Hope You Dance.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008817009926
catalogNumber:
170099
Rank:
7252

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Tracks

  1. The Healing Kind  - Lee Ann Womack
  2. I Hope You Dance  - Lee Ann Womack
  3. After I Fall  - Lee Ann Womack
  4. Stronger Than I Am  - Lee Ann Womack
  5. I Know Why the River Runs  - Lee Ann Womack
  6. Why They Call It Falling  - Lee Ann Womack
  7. Ashes by Now  - Lee Ann Womack
  8. Thinkin' with My Heart Again  - Lee Ann Womack
  9. I Feel Like I'm Forgetting Something  - Lee Ann Womack
  10. Lonely Too  - Lee Ann Womack
  11. Does My Ring Burn Your Finger  - Lee Ann Womack
  12. Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good  - Lee Ann Womack

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Ann Womack   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken   Percussion
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Richard Bennett   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
David Campbell   Conductor
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Marabeth Jordan   Vocals
Liana Manis   Vocal Harmony
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Vocals
Steve Nathan   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Lisa Silver   Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar
Bergen White   Conductor,Vocals
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Lisa Cochran   Vocals
Tabitha Fair   Vocals
Jon Randall   Vocal Harmony
Mark Fain   Bass
Jeff Roach   Synthesizer
Jason Sellers   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Robert Charles   Engineer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Mark Sanders   Composer
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Mark Wright   Producer
Mike McCarthy   Engineer
Frank Liddell   Producer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Steve Crowder   Engineer
Jody Yesville   Engineer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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