Rimes - Sittin' On Top of the World
of the World Ma!
LeAnn's album Blue debuted
in 1996. Since then, she has released three more albums, including
her latest, Sitting On Top Of The World. This
begs the obvious question, WHY? Listening to her latest album
makes me wonder that even more.
The album is once again produced
by LeAnn's dad, Wilbur. I truly don't expect LeAnn's
albums to improve at all until she finds someone else to replace
dear old Dad. Sure, it's sweet to think of a kid being
that dedicated to her parents. But, honestly, how much
creative control can you expect her to have when the person
producing her music is the same guy that changed her diapers?
As a result, her latest album is a mixture of watered-down
soul tunes mixed with up-lifting dance songs. Put Hanson
and Celine in a blender. Push chop, not blend, and presto!
You have "Sitting On Top of the World."
It is unfortunate that the song
selection is so bad. LeAnn has a beautiful voice.
That much is obvious on the few highlights, such as "Rock
Me," "When Am I Gonna Get Over You," and "All
the Lovin' and Hurtin'." Those are the three songs
in which LeAnn takes the lyrics and makes them her own, instead
of sounding like a little girl playing dress up. Unfortunately,
I can't say that about her covers of Jan Arden's "Insensitive,"
or Prince's "Purple Rain." (Editor's note - a country
singer redoing Prince is synomymous with heresy). For
some reason, there is something incredibly hilarious about
a 15 year old singing, "I only wanted to be your weekend
lover." But, if you buy this album, you won't be
laughing by the time it reaches its closing track. Instead,
you'll be furious you wasted your money on it.
On Top of the World
out of 5.0