CANADIAN SPOTLIGHT: SHANIA TWAIN
Canadian singer Shania Twain's "Come On Over" was released over 20 years ago on November 4, 1997. The album is tied for #8 for all-time album sales in U.S. history. It’s the top solo female artist album, the top country studio album, and the 2nd highest country album behind Garth Brooks’ Double Live. The midpoint of an astounding three-album stretch, "Come On Over" was a #1 country album in four different years (1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000) and produced more top 40 country singles (11) than most country albums have songs (10).
The album has a handful of tracks on here that rise up above the rest of the album into the realm of truly brilliant pop songs. The most notable among these is the global smash hit, "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" Despite the appalling title for this song, this is a high point of the album, with it being a classic example of upbeat, feel-good power-pop. Another stand-out song is "That Don't Impress Me Much," as it contains some of the better, funnier lyrics on here, with the song effectively running through problems with assorted men. It's not so often that it's done quite so successfully, well, and consistently over an album.
Twain and her record label showed strong judgment in putting out some of the best, most catchy tracks from here as singles, which undoubtedly helped this album's success, as, while many songs would have made good singles, there are inevitably some which stand out more than others. It's not flawless by any means, but this is probably one of the best pop records of the last 10 years, without a doubt.