Canadian country-pop artist Shania Twain returns after a 15-year hiatus with her sixth studio album ‘Now.’ Unfortunately, it’s not quite the comeback she deserves.
There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that Canadian country-pop artist Shania Twain is back. After a 15-year hiatus, Twain returns with her highly-anticipated sixth studio album, Now. The bad news? Now isn’t the glorious return that it should be for the 51-year old country-pop diva. While it has its fair share of moments, it also has its fair share of flaws. Here are the TOP 5 SONGS from Now. You can read the full review, here.
No. 1: “Life’s About to Get Good”
“Life’s About to Get Good” is as enthusiastic as the title. The production straddles country and pop. While it’s pop-heavy, there’s enough banjo, not to mention the four-on-the-floor beat, to solidify its country music cred. All in all, the sound, as well as the song – about rebounding from a shattered relationship – is appealing. The chorus is the crowning achievement.
No. 2: “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed”
There’s plenty to like about opener “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed.” The production work has a little bit of everything stylistically. There’s some country, some reggae, and some pop. The chorus is catchy. Vocally, Twain sounds fine, but at times, it would be nice to hear her push a bit more as opposed to being a bit even keel.
No. 3: “We Got Something They Don’t”
“We Got Something They Don’t” features an excellent, driving groove. There’s a degree of soulfulness, thanks to intriguing production cues, including the horns. An instrumental section which marks one of the biggest selling points of the record. Vocally, Twain sounds easy-going, delivering a casual, but effective performance. The chorus is okay, but not necessarily ‘the second coming.’ While a tad bit clunky, it ranks among the better moments.
No. 4: “Because of You”
“Because of You” shines thanks to simplifying things. This is a country record and there’s no conflicting stylistic endeavors. This actually plays to Twain’s strengths. Unfortunately, it only appears on the deluxe edition of the album. Bummer for those who refuse to splurge.
No. 5: “You Can’t Buy Love”
On “You Can’t Buy Love,” she goes beyond country, embracing vintage pop and retro-soul. Incorporating some ‘tongue in cheek’ vibes, “You Can’t Be Love” ends up being one of the most fun, memorable songs from Now.
As awesome as Shania Twain is, unfortunately, Now is a disappointing comeback. It has its moments, but lacks a signature hit. Too often, the production is ‘all over the place,’ while the vocal production doesn’t always do Twain justice. The material is so-so at best, save for a select few moments. She deserves credit for ending a 15-year hiatus, but Now ends up being underwhelming.
Gems: “Swingin’ With My Eyes Closed,” “We Got Something They Don’t,” “Because of You,” “You Can’t Buy Love” & “Life’s About to Get Good”