Come On Over (Mercury, 1997)
Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz
Like a good many country artists in the HNC phase of country, success seems to breed a situation where artists turn their backs on the very genre which spawned them. After the massive success of "The Woman In Me," Shania Twain has strayed very far from country in what is essentially a pop album. Few of the 16 songs are country: the first single, the catchy, uptempo "Love Gets Me Every Time" with its killer three fiddle attack, "You're Still The One," "Honey, I'm Home," (a lousy job blues song, including references to her pantyline and PMS) and "If You Wanna Touch Her, Ask!"
Producer/husband Robert "Mutt" Lange once again put his high sheen stamp on the proceedings. There's just not a lot of heart and soul poured into songs musically. Lots and lots of drums overload the proceedings.
Twain's voice is well suited to the material, almost entirely simple, at times playful, odes to love (especially "You're Still the One," written for her husband). She also explores issues of abuse ("Black Eyes, Blue Tears"). Despite the overall lack of a country vibe, expect to hear it on country radio. That's more of an indictment of radio than Twain's non-country bent.
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