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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

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