Shania Twain released her new album, ‘Now’, on Friday 29 September. Her first for 15 years, it comes ahead of her UK and Irish arena tour in September and October 2018, for which tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster.Shania Twain has been through a lot in recent years, including vocal issues caused by Lyme diesase, and divorce in 2010 from her husband and collaborator for much of her career, Mutt Lange.
Lyme disease proved to be the worst part however, as she told Australia’s 60 Minutes programme:
“I had been working really hard and intense for over a decade, I just had a baby and I was ready for a break and then I was suddenly having voice issues.”
The singer went on to say,
“It will heal to a degree, but I will still have scar tissue, it can never heal 100 percent. It adds to my anxiety,. it’s a lot of pressure.”
“I told anyone getting involved musically to forget about my other records. I didn’t want it to be related to Mutt’s productions at all. I wanted a more organic approach.”
It shows. Lange’s super-glossy method of production is a world away from this album, which in its rawness is able to convey Twain’s sadness, yet strength and power, giving the listener the feeling of actually seeing the real Shania.
Twain’s vocal range might not be what it was, but the reduced timbre gives it something different, causing her at times to remind us of Nancy Sinatra (‘Light Of My Life’), Amy Winehouse (‘You Can’t Buy Love’), and the anthemic ‘Life’s About To Get Good’, which has a feel of Karen Carpenter about it.