|1. Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)|
|2. Any Man Of Mine|
|3. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?|
|4. (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!|
|5. The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You)|
|6. Is There Life After Love?|
|7. If It Don't Take Two|
|8. You Win My Love|
|9. Raining On Our Love|
|10. Leaving Is The Only Way Out|
|11. No One Needs To Know|
|12. God Bless The Child|
What makes this such an amazing album is that the big hits that helped Shania gain such a huge audience haven't lost any of their touch over the years. They sound just as good today as they did in 1995. That alone is something to be proud of. The fact that she co-wrote most of the songs here and allowed her personality to shine through is also something to be proud of.
I highly recommend this album. This is the album that gave us the Shania we all know and love. I first became a fan of Shania thanks to this album and I have never stopped being a fan of hers since.
"Any Man of Mine" is a perfect example of how to write crowd-pleasing, danceable, and catchy country songs without making them novelty tunes (e.g., "Achy Breaky Heart") or crossover fluff. Its harmonics, hooks, and staccato drums STILL make people move after nearly a decade but it maintains an authentic, even flagrant, country style.
The ballads are touching, the light-hearted tunes (especially "No One Needs to Know") actually lighten the heart, and the [fast] songs really kick. And "God Bless the Child" is a haunting autobiographical coda.
The reason TWIM remains Shania's best is that it picks one style per song and sticks with it. Much of her later efforts try to graft incongruent genres into single songs ("Honey I'm Home" has pop verses and country choruses, for example) to schizophrenic effect. It makes it easier to re-mix for each market but hurts the music.
If you must own a Shania CD, make it this one.
Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore) starts off the pack with a little bit of sadness, it's also... Read more