Shania Twain has made a comeback.
Her new album, Now, is her first studio album in 15 years since the release of UP! in 2002.
This long break from the music world was down to a serious illness and a rough divorce in 2008 but she’s back and this album truly shows that she’s still got it.
Having sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female country artist in history, it’s hard to understand why Twain would choose to step out of her comfortable retirement now.
She could easily have spent the next 20 years making cameos on TV shows like “The X Factor”, but, she has graced us with her fifth studio album and, after such a long break, that takes guts.
Twain’s ex-husband, Mutt Lange, was able to take most of the credit for her previous albums as her producer and co-writer, therefore, for Now she wrote and produced all the songs herself, which is unusual in the pop/country industry.
Each song on the album tells a story of her struggles over the past 15 years, like ‘Poor Me’ which is about her being left for someone else and ‘Soldier’ which is about waiting for someone to come back to you.
The music itself stays true to Twain’s legacy, a mixture of country, pop, rock and dance music. ‘Let’s Kiss and Make Up’ has a modern dance vibe but with the Shania Twain country twist. It’s hard to resist the urge to turn it up and dance a little.
The biggest change in this album was Twain’s voice due to her Lyme disease related vocal illness where she lost some of her range and gained a gravely quality. But, in ‘Because of You’, she proves that even after everything she went through with her voice her music can still move us.
On the whole, this album shows Twain’s personality and displays how much she’s changed as an artist while still staying true to her brand. It also proves that even the worst of times can’t stand in the way of talent like Twain.