After a fairly rocky start, country singing sensation Shania Twain hit the big time after getting together with (and marrying) the sixth member of Def Leppard, Robert "Mutt" Lange. Together the duo produced a fantastic catchy album that deserves a lot more praise then it gets.
The Woman In Me might of been a hit back in the day but there is very little of that being remembered now in 2016. The record is near enough twenty years old and holds up surprisingly quite well. It is a huge step up from Shania Twain's self titled début album and matches the quality of the hugely successful Come On Over and Up!.
The biggest difference with this album is the added song writing of Lange. The man's presence is all over this album, he delivers the same charming hooks and tricks that he used with Def Leppard. There is a great number of musical and vocal hooks wrapped up in some great melody which is driven along by some stomping beats.
Any Man of Mine is a great catchy tune, so is the infectious Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under. Is There Life After Love? is an extremely charming ballad and If It Don't Take Two is a great country tune with a bouncing blues shuffle. All these songs together are paced extremely well and are very easy to listen to in quick succession.
Some of the lyrics are a little silly or a tad too sugary sweet and a couple of the ballads could have easily been left off the record. But they're not bad songs. Twain sings each song with a lot of conviction and delivers some fantastic career defining performances despite the flaws. There is a great amount of diversity on the album and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a charming feel good album. It is a forgotten pop country classic as far as my opinion goes and considering how cheap it sells for, I would recommend digging out some change to acquire a copy.
I wasn't a huge fan of Shania, but on reading her biography decided to look up one of her first albums. I have to say I actually think this is probably one of her best. Her voice is beautiful and I love the songs more than her later pop-country. Go on give it a whirl!