The Woman in Me (Shania Twain album)

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The Woman in Me
Studio album by Shania Twain
Released February 7, 1995 (North America)
February 21, 1995 (UK)
1997 (Australian 2CD release)
March 6, 2000 (European re-release)
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre Country, country pop
Length 48:08
Label Polygram/Mercury
Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Shania Twain chronology
Shania Twain
(1993)
The Woman in Me
(1995)
Come on Over
(1997)
Alternative cover
European re-release
Singles from The Woman in Me
  1. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"
    Released: January 2, 1995
  2. "Any Man of Mine"
    Released: April 26, 1995
  3. "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)"
    Released: August 9, 1995
  4. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"
    Released: November 15, 1995
  5. "You Win My Love"
    Released: January 26, 1996
  6. "No One Needs to Know"
    Released: May 15, 1996
  7. "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)"
    Released: July 24, 1996
  8. "God Bless the Child"
    Released: October 26, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly F[2]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[3]

The Woman in Me, released on February 7, 1995, is the second studio album released by Shania Twain and her first with the majority of the songs co-written by her. It went onto become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year, and was eventually certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA on December 1, 2000, representing 12 million shipments throughout the United States, and 20 million copies worldwide.[4]

Background[edit]

By 1993, Shania Twain was promoting her debut album by singing at local gigs in America with little more than a backing track CD. While the album itself did not perform well in the charts, it attracted the attention of rock producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, whom Twain did not know anything of, and the pair began having long-distance telephone conversations with each other. They bonded over Twain's love of rock music and Lange's love of American country music. After meeting with him at the CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair in June 1993, they began exchanging song ideas with each other and started doing songwriting together. During this time, they developed a romance that culminated in their wedding on December 28, 1993.

It was at this time that Twain was pressed by her record company to return to the studio to start putting together her second album. Twain admitted in her "From This Moment On" memoir that although she was initially reluctant to do so, she told Luke Lewis that she had co-written some songs with Lange, and he agreed to let her record some demos for her album, even though he feared that Twain would deviate too much from the Nashville sound. Twain and Lange continued their songwriting after their wedding and in early 1994, constructed a demo tape produced by Lange of some of their songs which was played to record executives for the first time at Morin Heights Studio. Although some executives were worried because the "less country" sound was different to Twain's debut, Lewis decided to let Twain continue her collaboration with Lange, and hired Lange as the primary producer of the album.

Composition and single releases[edit]

"Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?", a country-flavored song about a woman confronting her lover about his frequent infidelity, was released at the first single from the album. Originally, Twain wanted "Any Man of Mine", a song containing both heavy rock and heavy country influences, to be the first single, but was persuaded to change her mind and go with the safer option. While "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" slowly gained some attention on the country charts, it was "Any Man of Mine" which gave Twain her first ever country No.1 and Top 40 crossover hit. Her sentimental ballad and the title track "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)" became her first adult contemporary hit, accompanied by a video shot in Egypt.

"God Bless the Child", an a cappella prayer that Twain prayed to herself after her parents died, was originally the last track recorded for the album in 1994. However, in early 1995, just prior to the album release, Twain and Lange experimented with recording different versions of songs for both country audiences and pop-rock audiences. This meant that the two songs in consideration, "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!", described by Twain as "a warning to pickup artists everywhere, set to a pulsating rock beat, and embroidered with slinky slide guitar" and "You Win My Love", a solely Lange-written love song involving car metaphors, actually had their country and pop-rock counterparts recorded at the same time. Just before the track-listing was finalised, separate country and pop-rock mixes were derived from the original masters, as Twain and Lange intended to release both mixes to the release formats of the album. The pop-rock mixes were shelved in favor of the country mixes during the album's release, but returned billed as "Mutt Lange Mix"es for both songs' single releases. "I'm Outta Here!" and "You Win My Love" became Twain's second and third No.1 hits at country radio, while "I'm Outta Here!" became Twain's first breakthrough hit in Australia.

After more success with another No.1 hit named "No One Needs To Know", which was selected for the soundtrack to the film "Twister", and another minor hit "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)", Twain decided to turn "God Bless The Child" into a full-length song. She and Lange co-wrote new verses touching on the turbulent lives in people's society, and Lange developed two new instrumentals for Twain to record her vocals on: a country version with a banjo and a pop version with a subtle electronic beat. Both versions contain the same acoustic drum set, guitars and chord arrangements, and also feature the Fisk University Jubilee singers and a local performing arts choir on backing vocals.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Shania Twain and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)"   4:12
2. "Any Man of Mine"   4:07
3. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"   4:25
4. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"   4:30
5. "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)"   4:50
6. "Is There Life After Love?"   4:39
7. "If It Don't Take Two"   3:40
8. "You Win My Love" (Robert John "Mutt" Lange) 4:26
9. "Raining on Our Love"   4:38
10. "Leaving Is the Only Way Out" (Shania Twain) 4:07
11. "No One Needs to Know"   3:04
12. "God Bless the Child"   1:30
Total length:
48:08
Australian 2CD release bonus disc ("The Woman in Me: Radio Remixes")
No. Title Length
1. "I'm Outta Here!" (Mutt Lange Mix) 4:21
2. "I'm Outta Here!" (Dance Mix) 4:39
3. "You Win My Love" (Mutt Mix) 3:54
4. "God Bless the Child" (Extended Version) 3:52
5. "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)" (International Acoustic Version) 4:40
European re-release bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "You Win My Love" (Remix edit) 3:54
14. "Medley: Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)/The Woman in Me/You've Got a Way" (Live & Direct TV Mix) 7:25
15. "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!" (Remix) 4:21
16. "God Bless the Child" (Video) 3:48

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[5]

  • Robert John "Mutt" Lange - producer
  • Engineer at Sound Stage Studios - Ron "Snake" Reynolds
  • Assistant Engineer - Craig White
  • Overdubs Recorded At Battery Studios-Nashville, Javelina Recording Studios-Nashville, Recording Arts-Nashville;
  • Engineer at Battery Studios - Lee Groitzsch
  • Engineer At Javelina Studios - Warren Peterson, Lee Groitzsch, Robert Charles
  • Engineers At Recording Arts - Brian Tankersly, Wayne Morgan
  • Vocals & Additional Overdubs Recorded At A.R.P. Track Productions, Sainte Anne Des Lacs, Quebec, Canada
  • Engineer - Nik Keca
  • Mixed At Le Studio By Lynn Peterzell & Simon Pressey

"(If You're Not In It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" also features footsteps performed by Shania Twain, and a door slam performed by Paul Leim. Terry McMillan also performs boot stomping on "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"

All strings performed by the Nashville String Machine, arranged by Ronn Huff and contracted by Carl Gorodetzky.

Singles chronology[edit]

U.S. Country[edit]

  1. "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?"
  2. "Any Man of Mine"
  3. "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)"
  4. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"
  5. "You Win My Love"
  6. "No One Needs to Know"
  7. "Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)"
  8. "God Bless the Child" (Single Mix - Country Version)

Europe[edit]

  1. "Any Man of Mine"
  2. "The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)"
  3. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!"
  4. "You Win My Love"
  5. "No One Needs to Know"
  6. "God Bless the Child" (Single Mix - Pop Version)

Australia Pop[edit]

  1. "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" (Mutt Lange Mix)
  2. "You Win My Love" (Mutt Lange Mix)
  3. "No One Needs to Know"
  4. "God Bless the Child" (Single Mix - Pop Version)


Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA's): Album of the Year (1995)
  • Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMA's): Album of the Year (1996)
  • Billboard Music Awards: Country Album of the Year (1996)
  • Golden Pick Awards: Favorite Album (1996)
  • Grammy Awards: Best Country Album (1996)
  • Radio & Records' Trade Magazine Poll: Best Country Album (1996)
  • RPM's Big Country Music Awards - (Canada): Album of the Year (1996)
  • Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA's): Special Achievement Award (Top selling album by a female country artist ever) (1997)
  • Canadian Country Music Association Awards (CCMA's): Top Selling Album (1997)
  • CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music #8 in 2006, the highest rank by a woman in that list.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Woman in Me (Shania Twain album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Nash, Alanna (10 February 1995). "The Woman in Me Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: Album: Shania Twain: The Woman in Me". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 18 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "American album certifications – Shania Twain – The Woman in Me". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ The Woman in Me (CD liner notes). Shania Twain. Mercury Records. 1995. 522886. 
  6. ^ Australian Albums Chart
  7. ^ Canadian Albums Chart
  8. ^ "RPM Country Albums for April 17, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  9. ^ Dutch Albums Chart
  10. ^ German Albums Chart
  11. ^ Irish Albums Chart
  12. ^ New Zealand Albums Chart
  13. ^ Norwegian Albums Chart
  14. ^ UK Albums Chart
  15. ^ Billboard 200
  16. ^ "The Woman in Me - Shania Twain". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  17. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Shania Twain – The Woman in Me". Music Canada. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Shania Twain – The Woman in Me". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Woman in Me in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
Preceded by
The Hits by Garth Brooks
Fresh Horses by Garth Brooks
Borderline by Brooks & Dunn
Top Country Albums number-one album
July 22 - October 6, 1995
January 27 - May 3, 1996
June 29 - July 26, 1996
Succeeded by
All I Want by Tim McGraw
Borderline by Brooks & Dunn
Blue by LeAnn Rimes
Preceded by
The Hits by Garth Brooks
New Country 2 by Various Artists
John Michael Montgomery by John Michael Montgomery
All I Want by Tim McGraw
Fresh Horses by Garth Brooks
Revelations by Wynonna
Fresh Horses by Garth Brooks
Borderline by Brooks & Dunn
Borderline by Brooks & Dunn
The Greatest Hits Collection by Alan Jackson
Blue by LeAnn Rimes
Calm Before the Storm by Paul Brandt
Calm Before the Storm by Paul Brandt
Blue by LeAnn Rimes
Collection by The Rankin Family
Everything I Love by Alan Jackson
RPM Country Albums number-one album
April 17–23, 1995
May 22 - July 30, 1995
September 11 - October 1, 1995
October 16–29, 1995
January 8 - March 3, 1996
March 18–31, 1996
April 15 - May 12, 1996
May 20 - June 9, 1996
June 17–30, 1996
July 22 - August 4, 1996
August 12–18, 1996
September 2–8, 1996
September 16–29, 1996
November 11–17, 1996
November 25 - December 22, 1996
January 20–26, 1997
Succeeded by
The Hits by Garth Brooks
The Hits by Garth Brooks
All I Want by Tim McGraw
Now That I've Found You: A Collection by Alison Krauss & Union Station
Revelations by Wynonna
Fresh Horses by Garth Brooks
Borderline by Brooks & Dunn
Borderline by Brooks & Dunn
Calm Before the Storm by Paul Brandt
Blue by LeAnn Rimes
Calm Before the Storm by Paul Brandt
Calm Before the Storm by Paul Brandt
Calm Before the Storm by Paul Brandt
Collection by The Rankin Family
Everything I Love by Alan Jackson
Calm Before the Storm by Paul Brandt
Preceded by
The Hits by Garth Brooks
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
1996
Succeeded by
Blue by LeAnn Rimes
RPM Country Albums number-one album of the year
1996
Succeeded by
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter