Although not yet 20-years-old, LeAnn Rimes is a music veteran with seven studio albums and a pair of Grammy Awards under her belt. Her eighth album, “Twisted Angel,” is due Oct. 1 via Curb, and is something she describes as “the truth coming from my heart and soul.” Executive produced by Rimes, the 13-track album will be somewhat of a departure for an artist best known for contemporary country recordings, as she says it combines widely varied influences.
“I listen to everything: rap, rock, country, old R&B, jazz,” Rimes said in a statement. “It’s all come together on this record for me. It reflects where I am right now and where I’ve been.”
Rimes worked with producers/songwriters Desmond Child (Ricky Martin, Bon Jovi), Peter Amato (Baha Men), and Gregg Pagani (3LW), and songwriters Andres Carlsson, Gary Leach, Christina Rumbley. “It’s been a great experience,” Rimes said. “I loved collaborating with so many wonderful people. Desmond Child is an incredible, incredible writer. He put together a songwriting camp, so I would give my input into every song. I co-wrote four of the songs, and every song is a part of me.”
The album will be led early next month by the upbeat single “Life Goes On,” a track Rimes co-wrote and co-produced with Child and Carlsson. A video for the song, which takes an ironic look at a relationship gone bad, is being shot this week in New Orleans with director Matthew Rolston (Jewel, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez).
Rimes also co-wrote “No Way Out,” which is said to deal with the trappings of fame, as well as “Wound Up, and the album’s title track. The track “Tic-Toc” will probably be the biggest departure from her past work, as it based on “techno/house-influenced beats, [to which] Rimes takes listeners on a sensual journey through the desires of a woman in control of her sexuality who knows exactly what she wants,” according to the statement.
“Twisted Angel” will be Rimes’ first release since resolving a messy contract dispute with Curb a few months ago. Even though she hasn’t released a fresh studio album since a 1999 self-titled affair — which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 8 on The Billboard 200 — she’s been a constant presence on Billboard’s charts.
Last year’s “I Need You,” a compilation of previously recorded, unreleased tracks that Rimes initially disavowed any connection to as an official release, debuted on top of the country tally and at No. 10 on The Billboard 200. In addition, “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” from the 2000 soundtrack to “Coyote Ugly,” has now been on the Hot 100 Single Sales chart for an astounding 100 weeks.