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LeeAnn Rimes - Family

LeeAnn Rimes, Family

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

THE tenth album from LeAnn Rimes is notable for marking the first time the singer has written or co-written every song – but that’s really the only thing that’s notable about it!

Having sold 38 million LPs already, it’s understandable that the singer has sought to broaden her skills base. But in spite of the odd track that registers, this is a strangely by-the-numbers affair that struggles to get out of first gear.

Jon Bon Jovi crops up on the sultry duet Strangers and injects a little fiery guitar, but it’s a song that was initially recorded for Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway LP and not a very good one at that.

And Marc Broussard appears on the rootsy Nothing Wrong, which actually marks a welcome contrast in vocal styles. The fun they obviously had in recording it translates to the listener.

But for the most part, it’s a long journey through the issues and emotions that have come to define LeAnn’s life at the moment. Most songs are steeped in country, folksy traditions and vary between upbeat and downbeat; heartfelt or heartbroken.

Former single Nothin’ Better To Do is an example of the LP at its most commercial and radio friendly and succeeds in raising spirits briefly, but songs like What I Cannot Change and When You Love Someone Like That fail to muster any excitement whatsoever.

There’s no doubting that LeAnn’s legions of fans will flock to the record and hail it as another masterpiece, but Family makes little or no effort to really extend its reach and appears content to play things safe. It’s a crowdpleaser more than an over-achiever and, as a result, fails to really make much of an impression.

Track listing:

  1. Family
  2. Nothin’ Better To Do
  3. Fight
  4. Good Friends And A Glass Of Wine
  5. Something I Can Feel
  6. I Want You With Me
  7. Doesn’t Everybody
  8. Nothing Wrong – Rimes, LeAnn & Marc Broussard
  9. Pretty Things
  10. Upper Hand
  11. One Day Too Long
  12. What I Cannot Change
  13. Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore – Rimes, LeAnn & Bon Jovi
  14. When You Love Someone Like That – Rimes, LeAnn & Reba McEntire