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Pedestrian, hokey, and unoriginal
on August 20, 2003
The whole Shania Twain phenomenon is still something that escapes me. Her musical success is confusing. Shania Twain is not really all that talented. To call her a country singer is an insult to true country singers. She is a Canadian pop singer whose pop music appeal wasn't strong enough to make it in the U.S. market. So, she was repackaged as a 'country' star in order to find a niche for her where she could sell some albums. The result is dreck like "Come on Over"
"Come on Over" doesn't sound remotely country, other than a few guitar twangs, and it doesn't come close to sounding like good music. The ballads she sings are so bland and boring that I feel I'm in danger of falling asleep anytime they come on the radio. "Still the One" and "From this Moment" are classic examples of how unoriginal and unappealing her ballads are. With her faster, more upbeat songs, it gets even worse. Rhythm, lyrical structure, and sophisticated lyrics are in absence here. "That Don't Impress Me Much" is an embarrassment along these lines. Absolutely no rhythm exists and with lyrics like 'ok, so you're a rocket scientist... that don't impress me much' one can't help but wonder if this was a 6th grader writing these lyrics. "Man I Feel like a woman" seems like just an excuse for her to go 'whoo' 'whoo' every 30 seconds.
It's a sad state of affairs where these days where the music industry has become so geared to homogenized, pop-friendly music that albums like the ones Shania Twain puts out become huge hits, but daring, original music falls by the wayside. I fear the days of exceptional music are fast ending, and "Come On Over" is just one more example of that trend.