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by Shania Twain

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On Up!, superstar Shania Twain presents her first new material in five years to a country-pop populace that seems almost psychotically split between bluegrass 'n' roots rediscovery and bold, rock-styled productions that are "country" in name only. Only Shania Twain, it seems, can hold the two together. Fittingly, Up!'s 19 songs appear on both a "Green"


On Up!, superstar Shania Twain presents her first new material in five years to a country-pop populace that seems almost psychotically split between bluegrass 'n' roots rediscovery and bold, rock-styled productions that are "country" in name only. Only Shania Twain, it seems, can hold the two together. Fittingly, Up!'s 19 songs appear on both a "Green" CD of country arrangements and a "Red" CD with Twain's vocals dropped into pop arrangements, for those who prefer their Shania sans fiddles and banjos. The dual-disc arrangement allows Twain and her husband-producer, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, to indulge their rock tendencies and infuse the arrangements behind her soaring vocals with metal-edged guitars and hard-hitting rhythms. No matter what the style, it's futile to resist: Shania's voluptuous charms are as much aural as visual, and when Lange backs her come-hither cooings with a fierce rhythm track, it silences the argument about fiddles versus synths -- better just to melt with her. Twain prefers upbeat, positive songs, and Up! is loaded with 'em, from the groove-heavy hit single "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!" to a cautionary, dramatic testimonial to self-assertiveness, "Juanita." On the ballad side, Twain is positively captivating in the urgency she brings to her vows of everlasting love in "Forever and for Always," which is most effective in the pop version that establishes an evocative ambience with the synth washes and a drum program. For even more Shania, check out the "Blue" mixes on her web site, which she describes in her liner notes as "more rhythmic with an Eastern influence." With Up!, Shania Twain offers enough lofty songs to raise the spirits of all her fans, country cosmopolitans and city slickers alike.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When Up! was released in November 2002, Shania Twain revealed in one of many promotional interviews that she writes far more songs than can fit on her records and that she hides any personal, introspective songs she pens, not even playing them for her husband and collaborator Robert John "Mutt" Lange. Now, this is certainly a psychological quirk worth exploring, but it also suggests why Twain's albums are such brilliant pieces of mainstream pop. Anything that doesn't fit the mold is discarded, so the album can hum along on its big, polished, multipurpose hooks and big, sweeping emotions. This is Super-Size pop, as outsized and grandiose as good pop should be. And, unlike the work of most pop divas, where the subject matter is firmly about the singer, none of the songs on Up! are remotely about Shania Twain, the person -- let's face it, she's never faced a situation like "Waiter! Bring Me Water!," where she's afraid her guy is going to be stolen away by their hot waitress. No, these songs have been crafted as universal anthems, so listeners can hear themselves within these tales. Just as cleverly, the songs are open-ended and mutable -- always melodic, but never stuck in any particular style, so they can be subjected to any kind of mix and sound just as good. (Indeed, Up! was initially released in no less than three different mixes -- the "Red" pop mix, the "Green" country mix, and the "Blue" international mix; sometimes the differences in mixes were so slight, it sounded like nothing was changed, but each mix revealed how sturdy and melodic the structure of each of the 19 songs was, and how they were designed to sound good in any setting.) True, the sheer length of the album could be seen as off-putting at first, since these 19 tracks don't necessarily flow as a whole. Then again, part of the genius of Up! is that it's designed as a collection of tracks, so the album is durable enough to withstand years on the charts, producing singles with different textures and moods every few months. Time revealed Come on Over as a stellar pop album, and the same principle works for Up!. Upon the first listen, singles seem indistinct, and it seems like too much to consume at once, but once you know the lay of the land, the hooks become indelible and the gargantuan glossiness of the production is irresistible. In other words, it's a more than worthy follow-up to the great mainstream pop album of the late '90s, and proof that when it comes to shiny, multipurpose pop, nobody does it better than Shania Twain.
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
Up! is like ABBA Gold without all the melancholy. (A)
Blender - R.J. Smith
Nobody does it better than Twain. As Up! shows, she doesn't so much cross genres as render them pointless, because her personality trumps all.

Product Details

Release Date:
Mercury Nashville


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shania Twain   Primary Artist
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Paul Leim   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Mauro Pagani   Voices
Jatinder Thakur   Violin
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin
Jonathan Yudkin   Mandolin,Violin,Cello
Michael Hart Thompson   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Ulhas Bapat   Santoor
Irish Film Orchestra   Strings
Cory Churko   Slide Guitar,Soloist
Donnell   Group Member
Diamond Duggal   Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Guitar,Coral Sitar
Rakesh Chaurasia   Flute
Sunil Das   Sitar
Sanjay Vyas   Tabla
Simon Duggal   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Tabla,Darbouka,Dholak
Chintoo Singh   Rabab

Technical Credits

Shania Twain   Composer
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Masterson   Engineer
Arthur Stead   Pre-Production Arranger
Gavin Greenaway   String Arrangements
Cory Churko   Pro-Tools
Michel Gallone   Engineering
Kevin Churko   Programming,Engineer,Remixing,Construction,Copy,Numerical Editing,Engineering
Simon Duggal   drum programming

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Up! 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it. With a twist of pop this really keeps you entertained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best Shania has ever done.She has done an extremely good CD.Me and my friend really like it.I think it earned 100,000,000,000 stars!!! Great job Shania!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading some of the other online reviews, I decided I needed to write one of my own. I think that this Shania album was great! It is one of her best. I loved her use of pop on these CDs. Just because her music is in the country category does not mean it has to have the classic sound of guitars in her songs. I admire Shania for following her heart and writing her own songs on all of her albums, and this one really shows her true side. Any true Shania fan would know that when Shania first entered the music business, she was originally going to go pop. However, after that didn't work out, she went country. I think it's great that she is using her same pop backround in her new country CD's. And besides, it's not hard-core...it's like a mix between pop and country, which I really love the sound of. I also love her idea of two CD's: A red one for pop and a green one for country. Shania did a really good job on this CD. If you don't like it, don't listen to it, but don't whine about it to everyone else. However, in my opinion, this CD is totally fabulous! I strongly recommend this CD! It was totally worth the money!
caitlyn_caitlyn More than 1 year ago
Shania Twain is an amazing singer. She should come to Fargo ND, or Jamestown ND. Her songs are amazing.
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This isn't even as good as her 2nd album, Come on Over. Just truth, the songs are pretty stupid too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not into the heartbreaking Country tunes of yesteryear, Shania has set the stage and standard for country music in the 21st century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been wondering what Shania has been up to since Come On Over came out. That was an awesome cd, and I believe UP! is just as good if not better...okay I will be honest it's awesome and was worth the wait. I love how there are two different versions of the cd, I love her writing style and how its true to her. I love the song "I Ain't Goin Down" and "Nah!" there are some really fun songs and not all of them our upbeat like it seemed to be on the "Come On Over" cd but I love it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great new concept all songs done two ways !! As usual, great lyrics and beats. Fun songs. Great dance beats. Out of 19 songs there was only a couple I didn't love, but I have a feeling after listening to them one or two more times I will. Way to go Shania, great voice, great rythyms, great music. Loved the spanish influence on song #4!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I, like many other Shania fans, have been waiting for the release of UP! for many years. Let me tell you...it was worth the wait! Shania has a song-writing ability and style like no other artist out there. UP! is a double-disc package with both a country version and a pop version of her 19 new songs!! Shania spreads a very positive attitude with this album that is impossible not to like. The lyrics are clever, the music amazing, and Shania's voice just completes each song. Fans and non-fans alike will love this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm a big shania fan,but she sells herself short on this cd,, its a complete repeat of her last album with not the same quality, i'm very dissappointed, i was hoping her music would have grown up a bit,,, doesnt have to be techno popy to be UP!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shania Twain is back, and her new cd "Up" is incredible. When I listened to it the first time I loved every song. I listen to it all the time. When I was listening to it the first time I was thinking "This is my favorite song" then for the next song "no, this is my favorite song", and that became a cycle. By the time it was over I was thinking how incredible it was, and how hard it is to have a favorite song! I all of it, and it is one of the smartest buys I have made in a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Le nouvel album de Shania Twain UP! est impressionnant. Un son qui accroche, différent d'une chanson à l'autre, j'ai adoré. UP est bien différent de come on over mais tout aussi fantastique. Avec bien sur toujours une petite touche d'humour bien propre à Shania! Je vous conseille À vous tous ce CD qu'il ne faut absolument pas manquer! Bonne écoute ! Amusez vous bien! Raphaelle Simard simardraphaelle@hotmail@com
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who knew what to expect after a five-year wait. But the wait was worth it. Shania & Mutt have put out another great, feel-good mess of music--two CDs worth. I highly recommend it. After several listens to the CD (both the pop/red and country/green versions) I especially like "Juanita" "Forever and for Always" "I'm Jealous" "Thank You, Baby" and "When You Kiss Me". Can't say any of the songs are bad. "Ka-ching!" is downright cute & on the money! UP! is great ear candy from beginning to end. If you're looking for angst-ridden, deeply introspective, doom and gloom music, go look somewhere else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On this album are the culminations of Robert john lange's current endeavors.... This guy is an awesome writer...and his wife is beautiful....plus, she's turning out to be a suprisingly good singer! They are a powerful pair. It's strange to hear the songs that are clearly inspired from mutt's side versus the songs leaning towards shania's stuff. All in all i love this album because of mutt's genius, uplifting influence and shania's voice:) thx p.s. Indian food rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shania has demonstrated once again that she has no artistic depth and that her music is one-dimensional. Songs that end in exclamation marks are just plain juvenile. Grow up, Shania!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The CD is extremely listenable, for all of us who like pop music. The album's chord progressions, sing-along lyrics, and prounounced guitar emphasis make it very easy to LIKE. But to LOVE? As Shania herself would say: ".....nah!" It's a very pale imititation of the passion and orginality found in 1997's "Come On Over." While the production values are very high (kudos to Mutt Lange & company) and it'll no doubt sell a ton, Shania appears to have lost her novelty. Her "style" seems to have developed along the lines of "cute", not "character-filled"....and certainly not "country."
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shania Twain has so much talent; all this is evident in her new album, UP! All the songs have great messages and the lyrics are wonderful, as one would expect from Shania. The music and mostly up-tempo beats are great. I love that she offers 2 CD's... My favorite is the rock version (Red), but the country one (Green) isn't too bad either. I love how she offers so many songs on one album. Other artists should take a lesson from Shania. The best songs on this album (in my opinion) are What a Way to Wanna Be, Thank You Baby!, Ka-Ching!, UP!, Nah!, and I'm going to stop now, because I'm just gonna end up listing each track on the album! But honestly, I would recommend every pop or country fan to get this album(s)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, like most others, I was highly anticipating the follow "UP" to C'mon Over, a CD that I absolutely love and I was not disappointed. I have listened to Shania Twain since her first CD and I think she has the most beautiful, sexy, sultry country voice so I definitely prefer the Green CD. Her song, I'm Jealous gives me chills, along with three other ballads that are gorgeous. She truly has a gift for the ballads. The other songs are "UP"beat and each tells a story. Definitely buy this CD! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this CD, it is not as good as Come On Over. But okay. There is maybe 3or4 songs on there that are okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Shania at her best. And the thought of two-CD's for the price of one, that was even better!!!!!!!! The music is fast and upbeat! Country on the edge of Pop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Shania is very talented, but I've listened to this new CD about 3 times, and just am not growing more and more fond of it. I just think it lacks the spunk that Shania has! I won't be taking it to the used CD store, but it won't be on as often as her first CD was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love UP just as much as Come On Over. It's definitely worth the wait. I also like the fact that it comes with two cd's so you can listen to two different versions of her songs. She's a great performer and I am a huge fan!! I would recommend this cd to everyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shania has released a set of 19 songs in THREE different formats... Red is Pop-Rock, Green is Country, BLUE is Spanish/Indian and is more rhythmic than the other two. "Come On Over" was Shania's THIRD American CD, and those three actually followed a pair of Canadian releases. There are many songs in "UP!" worthy of release as singles, but my personal favorite is a splendidly written love song entitled "I'm Jealous". Terrific music and great lyrics make this a very unusual song worthy of turning up the volume every time you hear it!