‘How you touch my heart when you hold my hand…’
It’s love, y’all. It’s blind. And deaf. And irrationally irritating.
Country Goddess and flawlessness supreme LeAnn Rimes graces our Throwback Tuesday post of the week – and clearly, the woman knows how to sing a song or two about love.
The two-time Grammy winning chanteuse had the world at her feet with boxes of tissue when she crooned the heart-achingly lush triple-platinum certified ‘How Do I Live‘ from the Nicolas Cage-starer ‘Conair‘, which spent an insane 69 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 – the longest stay on the Hot 100 for a song – a record which she held for 11 years until Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours‘ surpassed her stay.
She then followed it up with classics like ‘I Need You‘ and ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight‘, seamlessly easing through both the pop and country charts, while making a significant name for herself overseas – a feat not too common for a mainstream country vocalist.
Although she dominated the country charts on her arrival in 1996, unleashing a string of chart-topping albums which maintained her multi-platinum status, unlike her contemporaries like Shania Twain and Faith Hill, LeAnn’s foray into pop territory was not well received by purists.
One reason possibly being the fact that both Faith and Shania retained their country sound while venturing into pop – resulting into the highest selling albums of their career, Hill’s ‘Breathe‘ and Twain’s ‘Come On Over‘.
Rimes, on the other hand, jumped on the pop band-wagon, almost completely alienating her country roots, especially with 2002’s ‘Twisted Angel‘.
The result was her first studio album to chart outside the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Albums Chart – as ‘Twisted Angel‘ arrived at a career-low # 12, with no song from the album making it to the top 40 of the country charts, and missing the Hot 100 altogether.
Unsurprisingly, LeAnn returned to her country roots with her next studio offering – 2004’s ‘This Woman‘ – resulting in her highest charting full-length studio album in 8 years (after 1998’s # 3 peaking ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World‘).
The album was an honest ode to love – and Rimes poured her heart and soul out to create her best work in ages.
The playfully breezy and insanely addictive first single ‘Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense‘ is possibly my fave LeAnn Rimes song of all time – I couldn’t get enough of it back then, and I still bump it on a regular basis.
What struck me the first time I heard the song was its irresistible hook, buoyed by its soulful melody . With LeAnn’s flawless voice gracing some rather humorous verses one could easily identify with, this is a kinda song you would wanna hum along involuntarily, reveling in the feeling of LeAnn’s love story (she was happily married to her husband Dean Sheremet back then), and possibly drifting on to your own.
I love how the lyrics are not over-the-top, and they might just cause you to start dreaming about fairy tales and Peter Pan (SIGH).
‘Like an ocean liner shouldn’t float on the sea
A pearl in an oyster or a circus of fleas
Someone so perfect can’t be fallin’ for me
Oh nothin’ ’bout love makes sense ‘
The fiddles and the banjos made the song country enough to make it a staple on country radio – while pop radio embraced her return to the charts after ages.
‘Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense‘ peaked at # 5 on the Billboard Country Songs Chart – her highest charting song in 7 years (after 1998’s ‘Commitment‘).
‘This Woman‘ arrived at # 3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, was certified gold, and produced 2 more smashes ‘Something’s Gotta Give‘ and ‘Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way‘, which surpassed the chart position of the first single, peaking at # 2 and # 3 respectively on the country charts – thus solidifying LeAnn’s status as one of the most bankable and versatile country vocalists of all time.
Check out the classic video right here :