Shania Twain can take major credit for the pop sensibilities that dominate today’s country music environment. Without Twain virtually turning country music on its collective head in the mid-Nineties, we may never have heard of Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Rascal Flats and the rest the country/pop-rock community which have made today’s country music so contemporary. So it’s with a sense of déjà vu, that the pride of Timmins Ontario is heading out on one final global tour to promote Still The One: Live From Vegas, a 19-track live audio disc and 25-track DVD disc ( with an additional one-hour disc of behind the scenes footage, band rehearsals etc), greatest hits package which serves as a souvenir of her two-year, 105-show stint at the Colosseum in Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas which ended last December . As a stand-alone release, Still The One recaptures all the magic of Shania Twain live from rock-flavoured tracks like “Any Man Of Mine”, “I’m Gonna Getcha”, “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Up”, to a more intimate four-song acoustic set featuring “Come On Over” and “Love Gets Me Every Time” which rolls into a soulful sequence featuring “You’re Still The One” and “From This Moment On “ before an instrumental “Red Storm” (obviously allowing for Twain to make a costume change) to set up an encore for “(Man) I Feel Like A Woman” to wrap up the concert. The really sad thing here is that Twain enjoyed all that mega 75-million plus unit sales success of her `The Woman In Me’ (1995), ‘Come On Over’ (1997) and `Up’ (2002) releases based on her personal relationship with producer Robert (Mutt) Lange who not only co-wrote all her greatest hits but also added that distinctive rock flavour to her album production, without this critical input following their divorce, Twain seems to have lost her creative direction. Yes, she has talked about recording a new record for the past six years and yes she has recovered from some serious vocal problems. It would be nice though, if Shania could get around to recording a new release – this live opus would have been ideal for her to debut some new material. A lot has changed in the music industry since ‘Up’ came out in 2002 but country music fans are a loyal bunch and I’m sure anything new from her would receive a rapturous response.
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