Today is a day 15 years in the making: Shania Twain finally has a new album out. The country superstar’s highly-anticipated comeback album Now is officially here for the world to enjoy.
She unveiled lead single “Life’s About to Get Good” during her headlining set at Stagecoach Festival in April, proving that while some 15 years had passed since she last put out new music, she still had the same knack for making hits. The breezy, laid-back tune signaled the reemergence of retro Shania; a pioneer of country-pop crossovers that are pure fun and not overtly serious.
The Canadian songstress has urged that her comeback record is not so much a divorce diary (she split from husband and longtime producer Robert “Mutt” Lange in 2010), but rather a celebration of overcoming all odds. This mentality is apparent throughout the album, with the lead single being the first indication of the direction Twain was taking (“It killed me that you’d give your life to be with her / I had to believe that things would get better / It was time to forget you forever”).
Now is a satisfying melting pot of songs reminiscent of Twain’s biggest hits of the 90s and early ’00s, from twang-filled country romps (“Home Now,” “Swinging with My Eyes Closed”), heartfelt piano-driven ballads (“Soldier”, “Where Do You Think You’re Going”), and songs that lean more towards mainstream pop (“Let’s Kiss and Make Up,” “More Fun”).
Picking up where she left off on her last album, 2002’s Up!, Twain has proved exactly why she is the world’s best-selling female country artist, and earns sole credit for her current success as the primary songwriter and producer on Now. We can only hope that she doesn’t wait another 15 years before delivering her next album.
Shania will hit the road in promotion of Now with a massive world tour consisting of over 50 shows across Europe, the U.S. and her native Canada. The Now Tour kicks off in May 2018, and is already gearing up to be one of next year’s hottest selling tours. Find tickets here and see this music superstar return to her rightful place in the spotlight.