The problem with this album is there's not a lot of country. Instead, shades of Def Leppard, the Cars and even ZZ Top make appearances.
No, the groups don't actually play on the album, but their sounds do. Ratty guitars, new-wavey hooks and stacked vocal harmonies are just a few of the noises here.The fact that Twain's hubby Robert John "Mutt" Lange is once more at the production helm makes the music similarities all that more understandable. Lange made his millions producing albums for Def Leppard, the Cars, AC/DC and Bryan Adams.
So it's safe to say this country crossover album was not accidental.
But to tell the truth, it worked commercially - more than 3 million copies sold. And thanks to the current single "You're Still the One," there are many more units to be bought.
Between Twain's sass and Lange's ear for pop, there couldn't be a more manufactured album - unless you count the Spice Girls or the Backstreet Boys.
Twain has a hand in writing her own material, and "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," with its ZZ Top guitar chop, and the Bryan Adams pomp romp of "Love Gets Me Everytime" are just a couple of the hit singles on this album.
Calypso makes an appearance with the title cut, while the slick, easy listening of "You've Got a Way" brings to mind early Roberta Flack - think "Killing Me Softly (With His Song)."
The introduction to "When" sounds like the beginning to the Cars' "Just What I Needed" and the vocal harmonies in the bridge of "Honey, I'm Home" as well as the guitar/drum hooks in "I Won't Leave You Lonely" and "Rock This Country" are so close to "Hysteria"-era Def Leppard that you'd swear the English rock band is playing along.
As for country tunes, there are "That Don't Impress Me Much," the Tom Pettyish "I'm Holdin' on to Love (to Save my Life)," the shuffle of "Whatever You Do! Don't!" and the vastness of "From This Moment On," a duet featuring Bryan White.