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Woman in Me
     

The Woman in Me

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by Shania Twain
 

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If there was any remaining doubt about the encroaching influence of rock and pop on country music prior to the release of The Woman in Me, it was drowned in this album's multiplatinum wake. With the guidance of producer-husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange (best known for harnessing the sound and fury of '80s AOR rockers Def Leppard and

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If there was any remaining doubt about the encroaching influence of rock and pop on country music prior to the release of The Woman in Me, it was drowned in this album's multiplatinum wake. With the guidance of producer-husband Robert John "Mutt" Lange (best known for harnessing the sound and fury of '80s AOR rockers Def Leppard and AC/DC), Twain took the world by storm with fist-pumping, boot-scootin' anthems such as "Any Man of Mine," "You Win My Love," "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" But the album also showcases Twain as a songwriter and a sultry balladeer whose "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)" and "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)" are as long on emotion as they are on parentheticals. Some of Twain's success is due to canny marketing and some to her stunning beauty and midriff-baring outfits, but the rest is talent and hard work. She deserves her status as country's No. 1 diva.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sometimes, all it takes for a singer to break it big is to have the right collaborator and nowhere is that truth more evident than with Shania Twain. After years of independent local releases and demo records, she released an OK major-label debut on Mercury in 1993 -- a record that was perfectly fine but not all that memorable. Not long after that, her path crossed with Robert John "Mutt" Lange's, the producer behind some of the greatest albums in hard rock history, including AC/DC's Back in Black and Def Leppard's Hysteria. Based on that, Lange didn't seem like an ideal match for Twain, but they turned out to be expertly matched collaborators -- and romantic partners, too; they married as they were working on the material that became her second album, The Woman in Me. Together, they totally reworked Twain, turning her into a bold, brassy, sexy, sassy modern woman, singing songs that play like tongue-in-cheek empowerment anthems even when they're about heartbreak. She demands that "Any man of mine/better walk the line," tells a poor sap that "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" and when she confronts her lover asking "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" it sounds like a threat, not a lament. All these songs are painted in big, broad strokes and Lange uses all the arena-filling tricks he's learned from Def Leppard, giving these steady rhythms and melodic hooks that are crushed only by the mammoth choruses which drill their way into permanent memory upon the first listen. That's not to say that The Woman in Me is nothing but heavy-handed pop
ockers dressed as country tunes -- they are good at ballads like the title song, but they're even more impressive on "No One Needs to Know," as swinging slice of neo- Bakersfield country so good you'd swear that Dwight Yoakam is singing harmony. And that speaks to the skill of Lange as a producer -- this is surely pop influenced, but he doesn't push it too far, for no matter how many rock tricks are in the production or how poppy the tunes are, they still feel like country songs, especially on "Any Man of Mine" and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" anthems for the post-"Boot Scootin' Boogie" era, when country slowly, steadily became the sound of middle-American adult pop. Garth Brooks started the ball rolling, but this is where the movement gained momentum, and although this isn't pure country, it is country in how it sounds and feels, particularly in how it captures the stance and attitude of the modern women, thanks in no small part to Twain who plays this part to a hilt. And, like all the best Lange productions, it's so exquisitely crafted from the songs to the sound that it's not only an instant pleasure, it's a sustaining one.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/1995
Label:
Mercury Nashville
UPC:
0731452288622
catalogNumber:
522886
Rank:
26302

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The Woman in Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
How old where you when you started? Do you like your career? the goods and the bads about being a singer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everytime I listen to this cd, it raises my mood. I totally love her voice and her style. Two thumbs up, really high up!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago