The Woman In Me (Super Deluxe Diamond Edition)
Shania Twain wasn’t the first pop-savvy country superstar to embody feisty female self-determination. But her second album, 1995’s The Woman in Me, was a revelation and, for Nashville, something of a revolution, too. Despite still being fairly new to the industry, the Canadian-born artist exercised independence from a system that relied on the songwriting material, studio direction, and cautious marketing strategies of Music Row pros. She cowrote and recorded the entire album with her then-husband, producer Mutt Lange, who’d specialized in thundering backbeats and arena-rock licks in his work with AC/DC and Def Leppard.
The dozen tracks were stocked with taut, galvanizing hooks and an attitude that was down-to-earth, but sparkled with modern irreverence, forwardness, and youthful kick. The project proved to be a broadly appealing blockbuster, spinning off a string of chart-toppers, including the frisky, fiddle-accented shuffle “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?,” the honky-tonk stomp “Any Man of Mine,” and the roadhouse rocker "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"
A quarter-century on from the album’s original release, the new Diamond Edition, with lots of extras, is a reminder of the keen foresight and cultural and commercial impact of Twain’s breakthrough. Live tracks culled from 1998 and 2019 performances prove the durability of her songs, even when sung in lower keys and more seasoned tones. Earlier recordings capture her in the process of working out phrasing and note-bending, before harmonies flanked her lithe, grainy voice. Remixed versions show that she was already attuned to how tweaking her sound could help it spread into dance clubs, and around the globe.