Now (Shania Twain album)

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Now
Shania Twain - Now (Official Album Cover).png
Studio album by Shania Twain
Released September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
Genre
Length 41:25
Label Mercury Nashville
Producer
Shania Twain chronology
Up!
(2002)
Now
(2017)
Singles from Now
  1. "Life's About to Get Good"
    Released: June 15, 2017
  2. "Swingin' with My Eyes Closed"
    Released: August 18, 2017
  3. "Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl"
    Released: October 10, 2017
  4. "We Got Something They Don’t"
    Released: October 30, 2017

Now is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter Shania Twain, released on September 29, 2017, by Mercury Nashville.[1] It is Twain's first new studio album in 15 years, since her 2002 release, Up!. The album's lead single, "Life's About to Get Good", was released on June 15, 2017.[2] Twain promoted the album with television performances, festival appearances and interviews and will embark on the Shania Now Tour in May 2018. Now has topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Background

After releasing the compilation album Greatest Hits in 2004, Twain released the single "Shoes" for the soundtrack to the television series Desperate Housewives. Later, experiencing the breakdown of her marriage, Twain divorced her longtime husband and songwriting partner, music producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, in 2008. She remarried to Frédéric Thiébaud, the husband of her former best friend, in 2011. The same year, she released the promotional single "Today Is Your Day", which had a moderate impact on the charts.

Twain underwent vocal therapy after being diagnosed with dysphonia and Lyme disease, which caused her to nearly lose her singing voice;[3] she embarked on a concert tour and Las Vegas residency before revealing that new music would arrive in 2017.

Singles

"Life's About to Get Good" was released as the lead single on June 15, 2017. Twain premiered the song on April 29, 2017, at the Stagecoach Festival. The single debuted and peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart. A music video for the song, directed by Matthew Cullen, was released on July 27, 2017.

On October 19, 2017, it was announced that "We Got Something They Don't" was being sent to country radio on October 30, 2017, as the album's second single.[4] "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed" was initially serviced as the second single however was pulled in favour of "We Got Something They Don't".

Promotional singles

On July 20, 2017, "Poor Me" was released as the first promotional single from the album.[5]

"Swingin' with My Eyes Closed" was released on August 18, 2017, as the second promotional single from the album.[6]

On September 15, 2017, "We Got Something They Don't" was released as a promotional track.[7]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
AnyDecentMusic? 5.0/10[8]
Metacritic 58/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[10]
Consequence of Sound C[11]
Entertainment Weekly B+[12]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork 6.6/10[14]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[15]

Now received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, the album received a weighted score of 58 out of 100 from review aggregate website Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews", based on 11 reviews from music critics. Robert Crawford of Rolling Stone called the album "dramatic and diverse", but affirms "Now continues the exploration we last saw with 2002's Up!."[16] Sounds Like Nashville's own Annie Reuter says "Twain proves herself relevant on Now", noting the production of the album as a standout piece. "[A] cutting-edge production that reminds the listener exactly why she is the best-selling female country artist of all time,"[17] Conversely, Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times criticized Twain's vocal delivery on the uptempo tracks as "flat and robotic",[18] The Wall Street Journal writer Barry Mazor says the album finds Twain "singing in a somewhat lower register—audible, but not dramatically different." Mazor also praised Twain's sonic direction saying, "If it was commonly suggested during her hit run that the sounds and video images were manipulative concoctions developed by Mr. Lange, and Ms. Twain was merely his puppet, that charge is certainly well-debunked now.[19]

Commercial performance

Now debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, becoming her second album to top the UK Albums Chart after Come On Over.[20] It also entered at the top position in Australia, becoming her third album after Come On Over and Up! to reach the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart.[21] In the United States, it opened atop the Billboard 200 with 137,000 album-equivalent units, which included 134,000 album sales, and became her second number-one album in the country after Up!.[22] Now descended to number 29 the next week, earning 15,000 album-equivalent units and selling 14,000 copies.[23] As of January 2018 the album has sold 208,000 copies in the United States.[24]

The record additionally debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart with 72,000 copies sold and 73,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, becoming Canada's biggest album opening since Drake's Views (2016)[25] and her fourth entry to reach its summit after Come On Over, Up!, and Greatest Hits.[26]

Track listing

All tracks written by Shania Twain.

Standard edition[27]
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Swingin' with My Eyes Closed" 3:33
2. "Home Now"
3:21
3. "Light of My Life"
3:36
4. "Poor Me"
  • Twain
  • Gosling
3:21
5. "Who's Gonna Be Your Girl"
  • Twain
  • Aniello
  • Koma
4:13
6. "More Fun" 3:38
7. "I'm Alright"
  • Twain
  • Aniello
3:51
8. "Roll Me on the River"
  • Twain
  • Aniello
  • Koma
3:06
9. "We Got Something They Don't"
  • Twain
  • King
3:28
10. "You Can't Buy Love"
  • Twain
  • Gosling
2:39
11. "Life's About to Get Good"
  • Twain
  • Aniello
  • Koma
3:40
12. "Soldier"
  • Twain
  • King
  • Riley
2:59
Total length: 41:25

Personnel

Adapted from AllMusic.[29][30][31]

Vocals

Musicians

  • David Angell – violin
  • Ron Aniello – acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, bass, drums, electric guitar, hammer, keyboards, organ, piano, Rhodes piano, synthesizer, synthesizer strings, Wurlitzer
  • Jimmy Baldwin – tenor saxophone
  • Eli Beaird – bass
  • Roy Bittan – piano
  • Dan Book – keyboards
  • Rogét Chahayed – piano, synthesizer
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Jude Cole – acoustic guitar
  • Max Collins – bass, drums
  • Adam Coltman – handclapping
  • Tom Culm – handclapping
  • Eric Darken – chimes, percussion, vibraphone
  • David Davidson – violin
  • George Deoring – ukulele
  • Kris Donegan – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tiple
  • Ian Fitchuk – drums, organ, piano
  • Michael Freeman – electric guitar
  • Matthew Gooderham – handclapping
  • Jake Gosling – drums, Güiro, handclapping, organ, Rhodes piano, percussion, piano, synthesizer, tambourine
  • Peter Gosling – piano
  • Matthew Koma – acoustic guitar, bass, electric guitar, synthesizer, vocoder
  • Tim Lauer – keyboards, mellotron, strings
  • Greg Leisz – dobro, pedal steel
  • Chris Leonard – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, handclapping
  • Darrell Leonard – flugelhorn
  • Kris Mazzarisi – drums
  • Andy Nixon – drums
  • Dave Palmer – piano
  • Noam Pikelny – banjo
  • Kaveh Rastegar – bass
  • Hilda Sarighani Reis – cello
  • Steve Richards – cello
  • Leif Shires – trumpet
  • Spencer Thomson – electric guitar, keyboards
  • Shania Twain – electric guitar, keyboards, handclapping
  • Oscar Utterström – trombone
  • Mike Viola – electric guitar
  • Chris West – baritone saxophone
  • Kristin Wilkinson – viola
  • Gabe Witcher – violin

Production and imagery

  • Mert Alas – photography
  • Ron Aniello – producer, programming, string arrangements
  • Giovanni Bianco – creative director
  • Dan Book – editing, engineer, producer, programming, vocal producer
  • Sean Budum – assistant
  • Eric Darken – programming
  • Michael Freeman – assistant
  • Lauren Goldblum – creative art
  • Jake Gosling – engineer, producer, programming
  • Nicole Kim – graphic design
  • Jackson King – assistant
  • Jacquire King – assistant, producer, programming
  • Matthew Koma – arranger, producer, programming, vocal producer
  • Rob Lebret – engineer
  • Kolton Lee – assistant
  • Jordan Lehning – horn arrangement
  • Brian Lucey – mastering
  • Clif Norrell – engineer
  • Danny Pellegrini – assistant
  • Ross Petersen – engineer
  • Michael Peterson – assistant
  • Brian Phillips – editing
  • Marcus Piggott – photography
  • Cheyanne Proud – graphic design
  • Lowell Reynolds – engineer
  • Olle Romo – engineer, programming
  • Mark "Spike" Stentmixing
  • Geoff Swan – assistant
  • Spencer Thomson – programming
  • Matt Tuggle – engineer
  • Shania Twain – producer, programming
  • Sadaharu Yagi – engineer

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[53] Platinum 80,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s) Ref.
Canada

United States

September 29, 2017 Mercury Nashville
  • Standard
  • Deluxe
[27][28][54]

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