By Parcel man
Not on a par with her early work. A bit too generic for my liking.
This album is a complete disaster, Shania has lost her voice, the music and songs are just mediocre, don’t buy this album, you’ll be disappointed like me.
I apologise if any of this sounds harsh, but the album cover is the only nice thing about ‘Now.’
Not judging Shania Twain for an obviously (and understandably) weakened voice, as there’s simply nothing that can be said about that. She sounds about as fine as possible, given the circumstances and I applaud her effort. What I don’t applaud, however, is the dumbing down of her music, reduced to slow stomp and clap beat and repetitive chorus that lack any life at all, despite the deeply personal lyrical content. There’s simply nothing... barely audible guitar or rhythm, and just dreary same-old tales of kissing and rising above.
As much as ‘Up!’ blew me away, I can’t say I was expecting anything out of this fifteen year follow-up; a massive gap; a long stretch, and a disappointing effort for such an agonising wait. It seems as all the fire has left Twain, relying on the stripped-down music to adapt to her adjusted vocals, without any real devotion to music.
She might as well have just released a biography.
By Crawf McCormick
Shania’s voice is as good as ever and the production is very good but, dear oh dear, what a boring album. Let down by insipid song writing!
best album of the year
By random nostalgia
it's so GOOD
Front loaded overhyped
Overhyped album rushed and without quality. She didn’t deserve no.1 in the UK and only 386 streaming and 764 beats WolfAlice band... but quality vs quantity! Let’s what’s gonna happen next week
Shania at her best!
**Edit - 4th October 2017**
I originally reviewed this when Lifes About To Get Good came out, and now that the entire album is here I want to say that I stand by what I previously said. This album is Shania's most personal one to date, and was written all by herself. No co-writers, so it's Shania in her purest form.
The song range from happy, to sad, and touch on the topics of her divorce and getting through difficult parts in life. Some of the stand out songs include Home Now, I'm Alright, Who's Gonna' Be Your Girl, More Fun, and We've Got Something They Don't.
I love the entire album, although not the keenest on Let's Kiss and Make Up. It's not bad, just not that great of a song either.
Overall, if you're a Shania fan, GET THIS ALBUM. You won't regret it and it's great to see the queen back for a new chapter, proving she doesn't need Mutt!
An amazing and strong comeback for Shania, who has been through a divorce with the man who was her co-writer and producer, battled lyme disease, and had dysphonia. She still sounds like herself, albeit a bit deeper than previous years, but that's expected.
Life's About To Get Good is an upbeat song that builds more and more as it progresses, and ultimately while it starts off quite dark, it is uplifting and puts you in a good mood.
It's typical Shania, she's great at blending country and pop, and she's back to take back her crown as the Queen of Country. Looking forward to the entire album, which I am sure will be fantastic!
Feeling a bit let down
I have always loved her music, but am feeling somewhat let down by this album. Too much synth and too much instrumentation, drowning out that soaring voice on most of the tracks.
Lifes about to get even better.
Shania is back and if the single "Lifes about to get good" is anything to go by I cant wait for the album to be released. For all Shania fans lifes about to get even better.
I have now heard the full album a number of times and still love it, there is some beautiful songs such as Where do you think you're going and Soldier, upbeat numbers including Swinging with my eyes closed, Home Now, Lets kiss and make up and Lifes about to get good, and also what I think of as pure country music in "Because of you and All in All". This is a well crafted album beautifully sung by Shania, showing that this lady is like a good wine that is maturing with age, and has now shown she is back and is better than ever.
All healed up
Well a lot of mixed reviews on the internet. I am a huge fan, always have been. I like all kinds of music. At first I was not sure about this album, I have been following with great interest, her return to singing. It was huge struggle for her. She overcame thankfully. This album has nothing to do with her past music, it's all about NOW. We go through life we hit bumps along the way, we change, we grow, we fall and we pick ourselves up again. After a few listens I am in love with each and every one of the 16 tracks. They all have meaning and Shania delivers. True fans grow with an artist, evolve with them. It's not about having a no 1 hit on Itunes that makes a true artist. There are so many one hit wonders these days. Here today, gone tomorrow. Shania is here and is giving us her story. My best tracks apart from the obvious 2 singles which are a bit like the old Shania, are Home Now, Let's Kiss and Make Up, More Fun, Because of you and of course Soldier - someone was complaining there was no classic ballad....WTF this one is so moving. She wrote this herself remember and enough about auto tune, who doesn't use something these days to spice it up. Let's be real. LOVE the whole album and so happy Shania is back doing what she loves.