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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
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!
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
I absolutely loved it. With a twist of pop this really keeps you entertained.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i LOVE this CD. i'm not a huge country in fact i hate it but i love Shinah Twain. This CD has the perfect blend of country and pop that makes it enjoylable. I also like the upbeat feel of the CD. It makes you get in a good mood and makes me feel better. I recomend this CD for anyone that likes fun happy music whith a kewl twist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The forth release from Shania is better than "Come On Over" and I didn't think that was possible. It contains 19 songs totalling 71+ minutes of music and it has both a country disc and a rock disc in the package, and they each have all 19 songs on them. She covers a variety of topics and delivers the Vocals like no one else can, I won't take the space to review each song but there is something to love for everyone. My favorites right now; "Forever and for Always","It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing", "I'm Jealous", "When You Kiss Me", and "I'm Gonna Getcha Good!". ENJOY!! Note: If you are looking for some kind of "new" Shania sound, or a deep "down home" country style, this isn't the place to look. Shania is Shania and she hasn't been "Down Home" since she met and married "Mutt" Lange.
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
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 is exceptional in every aspect of the word. She has proven that a talented, sassy song-writer and singer can make it in country music. I was, however, a bit disappointed with this CD. I can't really put my finger on it, but her last album was somehow better. And the last album produced so many hit singles; I don't see 'Up' being the block-buster the last one was. That's not saying 'Up' will not sell well. Hardly! I noticed many of the songs basically sound the same. I thought that with the 5 yr absence, the album would be even better than the last. 'Up' is very good, groovy and fun, but not up to the standard of her previous work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a must have for any Shania fan, because it¿s awesome. I love every song on Up!, and I can tell that it will have the same staying power as ¿Come On Over.¿ No matter how many times I¿ve listened to ¿Come On Over¿, I have never gotten tired of it. Up! is definitely the same way!! Fasten your seat belt fans because they¿ll be many number one songs come from this album. Thank you Shania for not being afraid to make great music that your fans love. Also the two CD¿s worked out great for my family because my husband likes pop, and I enjoy country music.
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
I love this album!!! The best one Shania has done so far.
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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 Double CD, 19 songs each, is Pure Shania Material. No other artist can produce 4 consecutive records with virtually every song being a potential Hit, if given the Radio time exposure. UP! Starts out showing a fresh new style. Attractive to a wide age group that the whole family will accept. And true to the Title, each song goes up in desirable listening and retro's back to her lovely voice in all it's varieties and lyrics that have inspired and encouraged us before. Definitely a MUST HAVE in every CD collection along with NORAH JONES -Come Away With Me. Not a similar artistic style as Shania, but Definitely as Talented in Voice and Listening ability. You WILL literally Play this CD over and over and over and Never tire of it's silky smooth purity. 5 stars for Both these Artist's.
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
I love this CD. I don¿t understand how anybody could not like it. What is wrong with you people?? What a great concept ¿ 2 CD¿s red for pop version & green for the country version. What a nice surprise for her fans & a great way to silence the critics by saying she is selling out & moving to pop. This way she pleases everybody. Great idea. I have up most respect for Shania (& Mutt) for creating their own music. Although I like other cont. country artists & pop artists because their voices are so beautiful, it disappoints me that they don¿t write the lyrics or music in any of the music they sing ¿ they choose songs written by songwriters. This is why I like Shania so much. It gives her music more substance & makes the music more meaningful. She¿s involved in writing, composing, arranging, & prducing her own creative musical masterpieces. I am so glad that this album is kikken major butt on the charts. She deserves it. Furthermore you get so much musical quality for only 9.98 @ Walmart. Thanks Shania. I hope it does as well as ¿Come On Over¿ or better. Her music is so unique & different than all the other stuff out there. If you don¿t have this CD, go get it. I am a huge music fan & love all genres of music so trust me, whether you¿re a rock, pop, country, ¿¿.. music fan you will love this CD. Oh, & I hope we don¿t have to wait another 5 years for her next album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like all of her fans, I was clamoring for the new Shania CD, wondering how she would follow-up the masterful Come on Over. I was very excited when this CD was finally released and with good reason--it is a great CD!!! The entire album is full of uplifting, positive songs and is definitely "Up!" as the title promises. Shania leaves heartbreak and bad times to others and offers up a CD full of upbeat, energetic, feel-good music. The CD covers some similar territory as the phenomenal Come on Over did, but Shania expresses these themes beautifully once again. On the fantastic title track and "C'est La Vie," Shania sings about not taking life too seriously and knowing that no matter how bad things may get, they will get better just like she did on the song "Come on Over." And on the beautiful "Forever And For Always," she sings of eternal love like she did on the hit song "You're Still the One." The ballad "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing" is not only a beautifully written song but also another example of Shania's knack for coming up with great song titles (i.e. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?). Shania does go for some social commentary as well, singing about America's buy now-pay later love affair with credit cards on the very tongue-in-cheek "Ka-Ching!" and our obsession with being perfect on "What A Way To Wanna Be!" Up! really shows how happy Shania is in her life and that happiness comes across full force on this CD. With two versions of each song, one country and one pop, this CD will keep her fans satisfied for awhile no matter what their musical preference should be. But here is one fan who is hoping it is not another 5 years before her next CD is released.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the album but I really enjoyed her more as a country singer. Up had a country twist, the album's great for other types of music
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!!!Up is an amazing cd!! Shania is a great artist with an amazing voice!!
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The new album has taken everthing that shania has ever done and crafted a beautiful yet exciting album. This cd is one that you can play at least 5 times a day. It has the variety and contrast it needs to become a success in the music world. I enjoy every song on the cd, and each day i have an obsession with a different song. If i ever had the chance to meet this incredible woman, i would simply say "you are the best there ever has been and ever will be". The cd has a very positive side. I love the title track "up", it's a song i think that anyone could relats to. All the songs are great, and anyone who believes that her music is fabricated and artificial needs to go and see her in concert. She is absoutely awsome. Manufactured is far from what her music is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shania Twain so SO incredibly talented. The fact that she sings with a tooth pick lodged in the roof of her mouth is unbeleivable. A little peanut butter will take care of that. Anyway, if you like monkeys, give this CD a try. If not, collect two hundred dollars when passing go.