Something Worth Leaving Behind

Something Worth Leaving Behind

by Lee Ann Womack
     
 

With her blockbuster 2000 album, I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack found her way into millions of hearts. But don't expect a retread on her worthy follow-up -- recorded in Hollywood and Nashville, Something Worth Leaving Behind is the kind of record her success deserves, as it nestles Womack's vocals in lush popSee more details below

Overview

With her blockbuster 2000 album, I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack found her way into millions of hearts. But don't expect a retread on her worthy follow-up -- recorded in Hollywood and Nashville, Something Worth Leaving Behind is the kind of record her success deserves, as it nestles Womack's vocals in lush pop backgrounds. Her subject matter, however, remains familiar. The album's dozen songs are thematically connected by the topic of love -- love as a transfiguring force, love pursued, love denied, love celebrated, labors of love. The title song, which is reprised at the end of the album, states bluntly that being able to love defines a successful life. In the lovely ballad "Forever Everyday" -- the album's most country moment, with delicately picked acoustic guitars, keening pedal steel lines, and discreet fiddle interludes -- Womack recalls the unabridged imagination and unconditional love of childhood, and bemoans its absence in adults. Julie Miller's vaguely medieval "Orphan Train" tells of a place where God awaits with love for all, no matter their status on this mortal coil. On a gorgeous countrypolitan blues number, "He'll Be Back," Womack sings dreamily, and longingly, of a heartbreaker who's bound to return to her "if he's anything like his memory." It would've been a great number for Patsy Cline, and indeed, is co-written by Hank Cochran, who collaborated with Harlan Howard on Cline's immortal "I Fall to Pieces." On a seductive blue-eyed soul number, Womack, à la Shelby Lynne, offers up a sultry come-on to an old flame who needs to come back to the one who loves him. Country fans might wish the same of Womack, but on Something Worth Leaving Behind, Womack uses her country roots as a point of departure, and her journey makes for an impressive display of pop craftsmanship.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lee Ann Womack scored her contemporary country music critical breakthrough with I Hope You Dance in 2000. Almost universally acclaimed, it showcased the singer's exceptionally wide range. While her platinum-selling self-titled debut made the critics take notice -- as usual in this genre, only underscoring what country music programmers, DJs, and listeners already knew -- and her sophomore issue, Some Things I Know, multiplied her fan base, I Hope You Dance was cited as a "career album," meaning that it wouldn't get much better. The pundits were wrong. Something Worth Leaving Behind cemented Womack's place in the country music pantheon by pushing her own boundaries as an artist further than ever before. Her seemingly effortless cruise through honky tonk, country-pop ballads, and searing midtempo "message" numbers serves her well on this wildly adventurous collection of songs. Stepping into the producer's chair for the first time -- along with longtime producers Mark Wright and Frank Liddell and newcomers Matt Serletic and Mike McCarthy -- Womack fills the album with some off-center, nearly alt-country cuts by Bruce Robison (the gorgeous ballad "Blame It on Me") and a pair by the now reclusive Julie Miller (the poignant "Orphan Train" and rollicking funky gospel tune "I Need You"), who also sings backup on the set. Added to this are tracks by mainstream successes Monty Powell ("When You Gonna Run to Me"), Gretchen Peters (the stellar and anthemic "I Saw Your Light"), and Brett Beavers (two versions of the title track) -- who accounted for the singles here. But it isn't just the mix of tunes. It's the performers themselves. Producer and guitar ace Kenny Greenberg handled the arrangements; former Joe Ely and John Mellencamp guitar slinger David Grissom is here and also contributed a tune; another former Mellencamp ace turned country session musician Kenny Aronoff mans the drum kit; and Greg Leisz, master of lap steel, pedal steel, and Dobro (or anything with strings called a guitar) is here as well -- as are many others. Womack nailed it on Something Worth Leaving Behind. It may not have sold quite as well as her previous offerings, but record biz folks were happy just the same, and it achieved an even higher level of acclaim than any of her preceding records, eking out a place in the CD collections of fans of rock, pop, and even adult alternative music in the process. Finally, more than any of her previous recordings, Something Worth Leaving Behind gave her the confidence and authority necessary to record her masterpiece, 2005's There's More Where That Came From.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2002
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0008817028729
catalogNumber:
170287
Rank:
132055

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Ann Womack   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Fiddle
Matt Rollings   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Robert Mason   Strings
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Julie Miller   Background Vocals
Maxi Anderson   Background Vocals
David Angell   Strings
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Jeff Coffin   Horn
Jim Cox   Keyboards
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
John Gilutin   Keyboards
Carl Gorodetzky   Strings
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jim Grosjean   Strings
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Connie Heard   Strings
Jim Horn   Horn
Marcus Hummon   Background Vocals
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Jay Joyce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Lee Larrison   Strings
Chuck Leavell   Piano
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Bruce Robison   Background Vocals
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Brent Rowan   Electric Guitar,tiple
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Denis Solee   Horn
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Christian Teal   Strings
Alan Umstead   Strings
Catherine Umstead   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Strings
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Spencer Campbell   Bass
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Bobby Huff   Background Vocals
Matt Serletic   electronics
Fleming McWilliams   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Strings
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Bryan Sutton   Banjo,Mandolin
Keith Sewell   Background Vocals
Cate Myer   Strings
Janet Askey   Strings
Elisabeth K. Small   Strings
Lynn Peithman   Strings
Jeffrey Roach   Piano,Keyboards
Dan Colehour   Background Vocals
Heitor Teixeira Pereira   Guitar

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements
Greg Droman   Engineer
Noel Golden   Engineer
Kenny Greenberg   Arranger
Jay Joyce   Arranger,Programming
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Bergen White   String Arrangements
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Mark Wright   Producer
Craig Poole   Guitar Techician
Stewart Whitmore   Digital Editing
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
John Painter   Arranger
Lee Ann Womack   Producer,Author
Matt Serletic   Arranger,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Mike McCarthy   Producer,Engineer
Karinne Caulkins   Art Direction
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Contributor
Karen Winkelmann   Contributor
Frank Liddell   Producer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Felix Wang   Contributor
Hank Williams   Mastering

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