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LeAnn Rimes
     

LeAnn Rimes

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by LeAnn Rimes
 

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Apart from the rocking finale (and radio-ready single), "Big Deal," the song selection is the story on the latest by country music's most decorated teen. While her platinum peers are casting country music as slick pop, Rimes remains true to the classic sensibility that's made her work so compelling from the first notes of BLUE, her debut, to the

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Apart from the rocking finale (and radio-ready single), "Big Deal," the song selection is the story on the latest by country music's most decorated teen. While her platinum peers are casting country music as slick pop, Rimes remains true to the classic sensibility that's made her work so compelling from the first notes of BLUE, her debut, to the last notes here. Fully half of the dozen cuts on this collection are Patsy Cline covers, if you consider that Cline recorded Hank Williams's "Your Cheatin' Heart." And yes, "Crazy," "Faded Love," and "I Fall To Pieces" are exquisite -- both in the lush, Owen Bradley-inspired production flourishes and in LeAnn's preternaturally wise readings of these signature songs. Rimes, no stranger to crossover success, makes country go pop not by dismissing the tradition, but by taking into account the accrued history of the material. She delivers a swaggering version of "Your Cheatin' Heart" that is less about Hank than Joni James, who had a major pop hit with that same song in 1953. Similarly, in what may well be the most extraordinary vocal performance of her young career, she belts her way, in bluesy, growling fashion, through "Cryin' Time," filtering Buck Owens through Ray Charles and then copping some trademark phrasing from Trisha Yearwood, a country diva with a growing pop fan base. This is an homage for the ages, fashioned with reverence and respect, but Rimes's envelopment in the lyric gives it the force of individual statement. She does that time and again on LEANN RIMES, bridging pop and country ever so subtly, evoking and invoking the giants who have done it best, and then putting her own stamp on the style. Sounding right as rain, LeAnn Rimes is in her own league.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Essentially, LeAnn Rimes is a covers album, with one new song ("Big Deal") tacked onto the end, which makes it a return to her roots -- which, in turn, means that it's sort of a salute to her main influence, Patsy Cline. Rimes tackles no less than five songs from Cline's 12 Greatest Hits, plus "Lovesick Blues," which Cline also recorded. It's a tricky situation for a singer pegged as a Cline soundalike with her first hit single, "Blue." If those comparisons bother Rimes, it's impossible to tell from her performance, since she sings these six songs exactly like Cline does. As it turns out, imitation is a crutch Rimes uses quite often, since she mimics Janis Joplin on "Me and Bobby McGee" and pretty much uses Marty Robbins as a guide vocal on "Don't Worry." Since she has a good voice and these are, by and large, great songs, it's hard to complain -- given the best set of songs of her career, she delivers good, professional performances, stumbling only on "Me and Bobby McGee" with Joplin-like histrionics. So, LeAnn Rimes winds up being one of her better efforts, even if her vocals are fairly mannered and the arrangements are fairly predictable. But the most curious thing about this covers album is that Rimes turns in her best performance on the lone new track. She sounds loose, confident and exciting on "Big Deal," and even more importantly, she never sounds like one of her idols -- she sounds like herself. And since it comes at the end of the record, you can't help but wish she'd recorded an album of new, pure country songs as good as "Big Deal" instead of a collection of covers, no matter how well she sang those covers.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Curb Special Markets
UPC:
0715187794726
catalogNumber:
77947
Rank:
32530

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

LeAnn Rimes   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Robert Mason   Strings
Matthew Ward   Background Vocals
David Angell   Strings
Grace Bahng   Strings
Rita Baloche   Background Vocals
Charlie Barnett   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass
David Davidson   Strings
Milo Deering   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Fouts   Piano,Keyboards
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Lee Harrison   Strings
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Debi Lee   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (7 String Electric),Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Kathryn Plummer   Strings
David Pruitt   Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Julia Tanner   Strings
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Marty Walsh   Electric Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Fred Glieber   Drums
Richard Grosjean   Strings
Gary Leach   Organ,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carl Albrecht   Percussion
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Strings
Karen Winkelmann   Strings
Clara Olson   Strings
Jerry Metheny   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (7 String Electric),Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Curtis Randall   Bass
Junior Knight   Steel Guitar
Gerald Greer   Strings
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Kelly Glenn   Piano
Elisabeth K. Small   Strings
Connie Ellison   Strings
Austin Deptula   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Darrell Holt   Conductor,Vibes
Annagrey LaBasse   Background Vocals
John D. Sharp   Background Vocals
John R. Sharp   Background Vocals
Chris Wann   Background Vocals
Denise Baker   Strings

Technical Credits

Geraldine Hunt   Engineer
Mike Brignardello   Tic Tac
Terry Christian   Engineer
Greg Hunt   Engineer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
LeAnn Rimes   Producer
Wilbur C. Rimes   Producer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Fred L. Foster   Composer

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LeAnn Rimes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LeAnn is so cool
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where did LeAnn go for this album? I didn't hear her; all I heard was the original artists. LeAnn didn't toy one bit with the original for this album. She strived to sound EXACTLY like the former singers of these songs. Ms. Rimes has never been one for creativity or originality, but this album went over the top. Not only was this album chock-full of remakes, but she also added none of her own personality into it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LeAnn Rimes did it again! Patsy Cline would be so proud of her! I think LeAnn is the best female country singer in the world today!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is LeAnn's best album yet! It is great how she has finally introduced young fans to other country greats like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. ''Big Deal'' is also a great song. This deserves 5 stars! A highly recommended album to spend your money on!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love leann! all her songs are great and her voice rocks i hope she keeps singing for a long time~
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this album is the best one she's done so far. It exploits her vocal range and style. Excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think she Sing them great. There from the hart. And it as been along time sens I heard them it`s about time somebody put them a cd. Well that all. Have A Vary Happy New Year.