Shania Twain - Come on Over
Mar 25, 2019

It took a Canadian singer and a South African record producer to reinvigorate America's obsession with country music; what Shania Twain and Robert Lange concocted is country-pop gold. By adopting the synthesizers of 80s rock and blending it with the cathartic magic of country, Shania Twain created a blueprint for country-pop that continues to inform how artists construct albums today. Rarely do those artists reach the quality and depth that Shania captured on Come On Over. Her play with gender, sexuality, and Americana is so much fun; it is hard not to hop aboard the SHANIA TWAIN (choo choo!!!)

Shania and Lange mix the instrumentation of rock, the subject matter of country, and the melodic structures of pop to create a bop-fest for the ages. The iconic, 'Man! I Feel Like A Woman!' has some wonderful synthesizers mixed into the harmonica and Twain's yeehaw lyrics. The song is definitely a country song, but it also digs a little deeper -- the beat is a little heavier, and the melody is total pop candy. 'Black Eyes, Blue Tears' is another one that does a great job of blending different genres into a total bop. The records strength is Twain's confidence with all of these elements; she sounds like a master at her craft.

The album focuses on a shifting body politic in country music and countering gender stereotypes with new modes of liberation. The cheeky, 'If You Wanna Touch Her, Ask!' is an entertaining and clever song about consent and sexual objectification. Again, Twain's music doesn't depart from the conventions of the genre but refreshes them with her confidence. Twain's sexuality becomes a way for her to play with power structures. She is in total control on this album and comes off as smart and flirtatious. You can't help but fall in love with Shania and her brand of country, it is fun and empowering!

Shania set the country-pop bar high, and few have been able to match her confidence. You can hear her influences in country artists like Kacey Musgraves and T-Swift. My favorite part of the album is how fun everything sounds. There is not a moment where Shania feels like she is compromising her style or charm. Maybe that is why 12 of the 17 on this album were released as singles.

'That Don't Impress Me Much' is such fun.
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