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Album Review

LeAnn Rimes had been inching toward pop as the '90s grew to a close, but she truly lunged at the pop charts with the soundtrack to Coyote Ugly, providing the voice for Piper Perabo's star-struck, fledgling singer/songwriter. This was a prelude to 2001's I Need You, her first full-fledged pop album — a crossover affair with more in common with Faith Hill's Breathe than Shania Twain's Come on Over. That means that its footing is squarely within adult contemporary pop, and it's heavy on ballads. Even when the tempo is kicked up a notch, as on "You Are," with its percolating drum machines, it's still midtempo AC pop. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially since she has a couple of good songs here (notably "I Need You," "But I Do Love You," and the Coyote leftover, "Can't Fight the Moonlight"). That she succeeds at all is a testament to her vocal talents and the skills of her producers. [The 2002 reissue features a different track order and five extra songs, including "Light the Fire Within" and several radio edits]

Customer Reviews

She doesn't want you to buy this

When this album was released, LeAnn Rimes made it public that she didn't want anyone to buy this, her label released a bunch of demos and cutting room songs on to an album without her permission. For true fans don't buy this. This isn't her true country sound, this is all pop...

its all the same

country music sounds all the same. there is no distinct sound and it all SOUNDS THE SAME. say what you will about rap and rock, but both have more creativity in their pinky finger than country has in its entirety. nuff said

arich6 you are stupid!

Why are you complaining about country music on a very non-country album? You should be saying that country POP sounds all the same, but saying that PURE country music sounds the same is not true - listen to Johnny Cash, then Merle Haggard, then George Strait, then Garth Brooks. They're all very unique.
I suggest you divert your attention to real country - not LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, or Rascal Flatts, and NEVER Taylor Swift - before you make such a criticism.


Born: August 28, 1982 in Jackson, MS

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

In 1996, LeAnn Rimes burst out of nowhere with her debut single "Blue," which immediately captured the attention of country fans across America. It wasn't just the fact that her rich, powerful vocals were remarkably similar to Patsy Cline's -- it was the fact that Rimes was only 13 years old. Like Tanya Tucker and Brenda Lee before her, she had a hit with her debut single and was barely a teenager at the time. It was quite an auspicious way to begin a career. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, but raised...
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