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Upbeat contemporary country,
This review is from: Shiver (Audio CD)
Jamie made a great start to her career with this album, which yielded a number one country hit although at one time it seemed that it would be her only album - the follow-up took five years to appear. On this album, the songs are generally upbeat. Jamie has a strong, powerful but well-controlled voice that sounds great on any type of song. Jamie co-wrote eight of the ten songs with a variety of co-writers.
The album opens with the upbeat When I think about angels, which suggests that Jamie is happy with life. It is followed by a classic tale of sadness, There is no Arizona, in which a woman (not Jamie) is promised a new life in Arizona by a man who goes there but never returns to take her there. The next song (Where we belong) is about a couple being strong despite disagreements. No more protecting my heart (the first of two songs not co-written by Jamie) is about a woman finding love for the first time having previously been fearful of love. Another sad song (She hasn't heard it yet) is about a woman who senses that her man is going to leave her but is somehow trying to delude herself that he's still interested in her.
The next two songs (You rescued me, Shiver) find Jamie returning to her main theme of being happily in love, but these are followed by two songs (The only thing wrong in my life, I'm still waiting - the latter is an original song, not a cover of the Diana Ross classic) in which the man who she loved so much has left her. Next is a great duet with Mark Wills (I'm not gonna do anything) - this is the second and last song that Jamie didn't co-write. Jamie returns again to her main theme of being happy in love with the next track (Sanctuary) while Janie uses the final track of the original (Frantic) to explain that likes to live life in the fast lane. The album exists in two versions, one of which has two bouns tracks that make it even better value.
Jamie is a singer with a wonderful voice who should be a major star but isn't. If you are a contemporary country music fan, you should give Jamie a listen. With three sad song easily outnumbered by seven happy songs, this is an album that will bring some sunshine into your life.