REMNANTS SONY, OUT NOW Country pop superstar’s 16th bid for world domination.
A singer and performer since childhood, 34- year-old veteran LeAnn Rimes imes first appeared on Nashville’s country-pop ountry-pop conveyor belt in the mid-’ 90s. Unlike some of her identikit peers eers from that era, she’s not only survived urvived but thrived, and notched up two Grammy awards and 44 million sales since. Rimes’s voice is impeccable. It always was. But Remnants’ overly precise mix of so-called “authentic” country, lungbusting ballads and production-like pop never quite gels. The strippedback Love Line and the title track are intriguing. But the rest sound like they were assembled in a boardroom rather than a recording studio. Her voice could strip wallpaper, but Remnants is focusgroup country pop at its dullest. MARK BLAKE
Listen To: Love Line | Remnants