LeAnn Rimes

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Curb Special Markets
  • UPC: 715187794726
  • Catalog Number: 77947
  • Sales rank: 38,334

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Crazy (2:53)
  2. 2 Don't Worry (3:30)
  3. 3 Leavin' on Your Mind (2:30)
  4. 4 Faded Love (3:50)
  5. 5 Born to Lose (3:19)
  6. 6 Cryin' Time (3:10)
  7. 7 She's Got You (3:15)
  8. 8 I Fall to Pieces (2:54)
  9. 9 Your Cheatin' Heart (2:40)
  10. 10 Lovesick Blues (2:46)
  11. 11 Me and Bobby McGee (4:35)
  12. 12 Big Deal (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
LeAnn Rimes Primary Artist, 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, 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
Austin Deptula Digital Editing, Mastering
Fred L. Foster Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her best yet

    I think this album is the best one she's done so far. It exploits her vocal range and style. Excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    leann rocks!!!

    i love leann! all her songs are great and her voice rocks i hope she keeps singing for a long time~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great LeAnn Album!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where's LeAnn?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I think she sings Great

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SENSATIONAL!!!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blue

    LeAnn is so cool

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