14 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

LeAnn Rimes comes to terms with her past and defines herself in the present on 2007’s Family. For the first time, the former country singing prodigy asserts herself as a songwriter, sharing co-writing credit on all of the tracks here. Those who have followed her personal travails in the media will hear echoes of her own story in “What I Can Not Change” and the title tune. “Doesn’t Everybody” (paring her with smoky-voiced Marc Broussard) and “Pretty Things” (a heart-tugging acoustic-oriented number) exalt the value of love over glitter and glamour. Rimes is less successful at playing the down-home Everywoman in “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine” — her powerhouse vocals don’t work as well on this Gretchen Wilson-style tune. She acquits herself much better on the swampy “Nothin’ Better To Do” and the yearning “I Want You With Me,” songs that display the bite and the tenderness inherent in her voice. Duets with Jon Bon Jovi (“Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore”) and Reba McEntire (“When You Love Someone Like That”) are satisfying show-pieces. The precocious passion and self-control LeAnn showed as a teenager are still evident — but Family finds her also capable of grown-up honesty and insight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

LeAnn Rimes comes to terms with her past and defines herself in the present on 2007’s Family. For the first time, the former country singing prodigy asserts herself as a songwriter, sharing co-writing credit on all of the tracks here. Those who have followed her personal travails in the media will hear echoes of her own story in “What I Can Not Change” and the title tune. “Doesn’t Everybody” (paring her with smoky-voiced Marc Broussard) and “Pretty Things” (a heart-tugging acoustic-oriented number) exalt the value of love over glitter and glamour. Rimes is less successful at playing the down-home Everywoman in “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine” — her powerhouse vocals don’t work as well on this Gretchen Wilson-style tune. She acquits herself much better on the swampy “Nothin’ Better To Do” and the yearning “I Want You With Me,” songs that display the bite and the tenderness inherent in her voice. Duets with Jon Bon Jovi (“Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore”) and Reba McEntire (“When You Love Someone Like That”) are satisfying show-pieces. The precocious passion and self-control LeAnn showed as a teenager are still evident — but Family finds her also capable of grown-up honesty and insight.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
277 Ratings
277 Ratings
Nothin'BetterToDo ,

Growing artist proves herself...

LeAnn has proven herself as an all around artist with this collection. Her personal life leaks out with incredible vulnerability and determination through her songwriting as she wrote/co-wrote all 12 tracks on this album. The two bonus tracks showcase LeAnn's ability to merge with music superstars. The theme of this album is extremely relatable to everyone, and listeners will find that highly enjoyable. The album's standout track is definitely "What I Cannot Change," a powerful yet simple ballad that captures the emotions of Rimes and anyone paying any attention to the words. There are other great ballads and several rocking, up-tempo tracks that your feet will enjoy.

Overall a great album and a MUST for anyone that appreciates raw talent.

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Family (2007)

LeAnn Rimes sings country songs beautifully. She has a great voice.

RECOMMENDED SONGS:

1. Fight
2. Nothin' Better to Do
3. Something I Can Feel
4. I Want You With Me
5. Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore (You can purchase this song from Bon Jovi's latest album, "Lost Highway".)
6. When You Love Someone Like That (I think this a duet song with Reba McEntire.)

carolina213 ,

Amazing!!

Without a doubt LeAnn's best album, and one of the best female country albums to come out in years! "Family" is a great song that everyone can relate to, "Good Friend and a Glass of Wine" is a song every woman will love, "Fight" is a very realistic song about relationships, and "What I Cannot Change" is one of the most beautiful ongs ever recorded with a great message. Download it now, you will not be dissappointed.

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