Woman in Me [Diamond Edition]

Woman in Me [Diamond Edition]

by Shania TwainShania Twain

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Overview

Sometimes, all it takes for a singer to break it big is to have the right collaborator and nowhere is that truth more evident than with Shania Twain. After years of independent local releases and demo records, she released an OK major-label debut on Mercury in 1993 -- a record that was perfectly fine but not all that memorable. Not long after that, her path crossed with Robert John "Mutt" Lange's, the producer behind some of the greatest albums in hard rock history, including AC/DC's Back in Black and Def Leppard's Hysteria. Based on that, Lange didn't seem like an ideal match for Twain, but they turned out to be expertly matched collaborators -- and romantic partners, too; they married as they were working on the material that became her second album, The Woman in Me. Together, they totally reworked Twain, turning her into a bold, brassy, sexy, sassy modern woman, singing songs that play like tongue-in-cheek empowerment anthems even when they're about heartbreak. She demands that "Any man of mine/better walk the line," tells a poor sap that "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" and when she confronts her lover asking "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" it sounds like a threat, not a lament. All these songs are painted in big, broad strokes and Lange uses all the arena-filling tricks he's learned from Def Leppard, giving these steady rhythms and melodic hooks that are crushed only by the mammoth choruses which drill their way into permanent memory upon the first listen. That's not to say that The Woman in Me is nothing but heavy-handed pop
ockers dressed as country tunes -- they are good at ballads like the title song, but they're even more impressive on "No One Needs to Know," as swinging slice of neo- Bakersfield country so good you'd swear that Dwight Yoakam is singing harmony. And that speaks to the skill of Lange as a producer -- this is surely pop influenced, but he doesn't push it too far, for no matter how many rock tricks are in the production or how poppy the tunes are, they still feel like country songs, especially on "Any Man of Mine" and "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" anthems for the post-"Boot Scootin' Boogie" era, when country slowly, steadily became the sound of middle-American adult pop. Garth Brooks started the ball rolling, but this is where the movement gained momentum, and although this isn't pure country, it is country in how it sounds and feels, particularly in how it captures the stance and attitude of the modern women, thanks in no small part to Twain who plays this part to a hilt. And, like all the best Lange productions, it's so exquisitely crafted from the songs to the sound that it's not only an instant pleasure, it's a sustaining one.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2020
Label: Mercury Nashville
UPC: 0602557166743
catalogNumber: 003206102
Rank: 20230

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)
  2. Any Man Of Mine
  3. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  4. (If You're Not in It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
  5. The Woman in Me (Needs The Man in You)
  6. Is There Life After Love?
  7. If It Don't Take Two
  8. You Win My Love
  9. Raining on Our Love
  10. Leaving Is The only Way Out
  11. No one Needs To Know
  12. God Bless The Child

Disc 2

  1. You Win My Love
  2. No one Needs To Know
  3. Any Man Of Mine
  4. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  5. (If You're Not in It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
  6. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  7. Any Man Of Mine
  8. The Woman in Me (Needs The Man in You)
  9. (If You're Not in It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
  10. (If You're Not in It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
  11. You Win My Love
  12. God Bless The Child
  13. God Bless The Child
  14. (If You're Not in It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
  15. Medley Direct TV Mix: Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)/The Woman

Disc 3

  1. Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)
  2. The Woman in Me (Needs The Man in You)
  3. No one Needs To Know
  4. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?
  5. Is There Life After Love?
  6. If It Don't Take Two
  7. You Win My Love
  8. Any Man Of Mine
  9. Raining on Our Love
  10. (If You’re Not in It For Love) I’m Outta Here!
  11. Leaving Is The only Way Out

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shania Twain   Primary Artist,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony,Harmonia
Matt Rollings   Piano
John Perry Barlow   Piano
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar,pedabro
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Dann Huff   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm,Double Bass,wah wah guitar
John Hughey   Pedal Steel Guitar
David Hungate   Bass
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Vocal Harmony
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Shaker
Brent Mason   Rhythm
Marc Muller   Lap Steel Guitar
Randall Waller   Guitar
Allison Cornell   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin
Nick Keca   Clappers
Brent Barcus   Guitar
Hardy Hemphill   Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards
Cory Churko   Fiddle,Harmonica,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Sang Och Gitarr
Terry McMillian   Harp,Harmonia
Brendan Reilly   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Holly Petrie   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Shaker
Derek Frank   Bass
JD Blair   Drums
Chandra Meibalane   Fiddle,Guitar,Strings

Technical Credits

Robert John   Producer
Ronn Huff   Arranger,String Arrangements
Shania Twain   Composer,Executive Producer
Dann Huff   Textural Sampling
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer,Producer
Lynn Peterzell   Engineer
Nick Keca   Engineer
Darren Evans   Reissue Design
Brian Tankersly   Engineer
Lisa Power   Reissue

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