Lee Ann has recorded her most pop-sounding album yet, but it's brilliant. Lee Ann deserves to take most of her old fans with her. She will certainly lose some, but she will gain more than she loses, just as Dolly, Reba and others did when they followed a similar career path.
Perhaps the hightlight for me is Talk to me, a passionate plea to gain a better understanding of each other. When Lee Ann pleads for you to find the words that you feel because understanding is forgiving, it makes you want to do just that, and it's so true.
Two of the most unusual songs here are Forever everyday, which appears to be a song about re-incarnation, and Orphan train, written by Julie Miller, the true meaning of which I've yet to work out properly.
Elsewhere on this album, Lee Ann demonstrates her ability to sing everything from romantic songs to uptempo rockers, and the whole makes for a very satisfying listening experience.
Nobody should buy this expecting it to be like Lee Ann's other albums. Lee Ann clearly wants to be around for a while yet, and will no doubt return to a more traditional sound when the time is right, just as Dolly has already done. In the meantime, enjoy this album for what it is - contemporary pop-country of the highest quality.
In the UK, we get a bonus track not on the Amercan edition - Mendocino county line, a stunning duet with Willie Nelson which was first released on one of his albums, The Great Divide.