In terms of purely the country music scene, LeAnn Rimes is the very definition of a conundrum. On one hand, there's the immensely gifted vocalist, who's famously been in the biz since childhood and won a slate of awards for her work in the country genre. On the other hand, there's the celeb who infamously has battled disproportionately vicious press regarding her personal life; the Rimes who tweets photos of herself in bikinis and wars on social media with reality show starlets.
Of course, through all this roughly 5-year mess, Rimes has managed to release two critically acclaimed--and extremely country--albums: One of them a fine collection of classic country covers, the other her latest, Spitfire, which some are calling the best country album of 2013. Indeed, the latter record features an intriguing mix of Rimes's well-documented personal sagas told in her own words, backed by some of Nashville's most heavyweight songwriters and musicians. When Rimes arrives at the Ram Country studios, her ability to go from chatting in a rapid, totally Southern accent-free dialect instantaneously into her flawless, honeyed singing voice is startling in its contrasting angles.
The girl has become a woman, and one with a story at that, but her talent has remained rock-solid. And therein lies the sad/infuriating punctuation to Rimes's media battles: Her extraordinary gift has been largely overlooked in the shadow of this looming public perception.Read More »from Best Country Album of 2013? LeAnn Rimes Spits Fire About ‘Spitfire’