Blue (LeAnn Rimes album)

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Studio album by LeAnn Rimes
Released July 9, 1996 (1996-07-09)
Genre Country
Length 34:52
Label Curb
Producer Wilbur C. Rimes, Chuck Howard, Johnny Mulhair
LeAnn Rimes chronology
All That
(1994)All That1994
You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs
(1997)You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs1997
Singles from Blue
  1. "Blue"
    Released: June 4, 1996
  2. "Hurt Me"
    Released: August 13, 1996
  3. "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)"
    Released: October 15, 1996
  4. "Unchained Melody"
    Released: December 24, 1996
  5. "The Light in Your Eyes"
    Released: April 1, 1997
"Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart"
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Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart bonus CD-single
Single by LeAnn Rimes
B-side "Unchained Melody"
Released November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
Format Promotional CD single
Recorded 1996
Genre Country
Length 3:29
Label Curb
Songwriter(s) Greg Wojohn, Roger Wojohn, Scott Wojohn
Producer(s) Wilbur C. Rimes, Roger Wojohn

Blue is the debut album by American country singer LeAnn Rimes, released in the United States on July 9, 1996 by Curb Records.[1] It reached No. 3 on Billboard 200, and No. 1 on Top Country Albums.

Singles released from this album include, in order of release: "Blue", "Hurt Me", "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)", "Unchained Melody" and "The Light in Your Eyes". These songs all charted on Billboard Hot Country Songs charts between 1996 and 1997; "Blue" and "The Light in Your Eyes" both reached top 10, while "Hurt Me" fell short off top 40. "One Way Ticket" is Rimes's only No. 1 hit on the country music charts.[2]

When purchased at Target stores during the 1996 Christmas season, the album included a bonus single of "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart", with "Unchained Melody" on the B-side.[2][3][4] "Unchained Melody" peaked at number three on the Country Songs chart[5] while "Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart" peaked at number fifty-one on the same chart in 1997.[6]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly B+[8]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[9]
Robert Christgau (neither)[10]

The album was met with some positive reviews. Allmusic rated Blue four out of five stars. Shawn M. Haney, who reviewed the album, called it "a glorious free-for-all of sassy pick-me-up country", and stated that "perhaps people of any age or style of interest will feel youthful again after a good listen and a half."[7] Similarly, Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ and stated that "such raw, old-fashioned country music, with such a big, twangy, sexy voice at the center, wouldn't be making such a stir in bland '90s Nashville if LeAnn Rimes weren't 13. In other words, the hype machine has inadvertently coughed up a gem."[8] Los Angeles Times gave the album two-and-a-half stars out of four and said that "Rimes displays the unbridled power and freshness you'd expect from a teenager. In an ideal world, she'd bring all that to bear on songs that tap her youthful zeal. Instead, too many on this major-label debut require a level of experience that's clearly beyond her years. There's no question Rimes has been blessed with a magnificent voice. Let's hope she'll be given a few years--say, at least until she's out of high school--to let her natural talent mature."[9] In his Consumer Guide, however, Robert Christgau gave the album a "neither" score,[10] and said it "may impress once or twice with consistent craft or an arresting track or two. Then it won't."[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s)[12] Length
1. "Blue" Bill Mack Wilbur C. Rimes 2:49
2. "Hurt Me" Deborah Allen, Bobby Braddock, Rafe VanHoy W. Rimes 2:54
3. "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)" Keith Hinton, Judy Rodman Chuck Howard, W. Rimes, Bob Campbell-Smith (assistant) 3:44
4. "My Baby" Allen W. Rimes 2:50
5. "Honestly" Christi Dannemiller, Joe Johnston Howard, W. Rimes, Campbell-Smith (assistant) 3:22
6. "The Light in Your Eyes" Dan Tyler Howard, W. Rimes, Johnny Mulhair (co.), Greg Walker (assistant), Campbell-Smith (assistant) 3:21
7. "Talk to Me" Ron Grimes, LeAnn Rimes, Jon Rutherford Howard, W. Rimes, Campbell-Smith (assistant) 3:12
8. "I'll Get Even With You" Coweta House W. Rimes, Mulhair (co.), Walker (assistant) 3:18
9. "Cattle Call" (duet with Eddy Arnold) Tex Owens Howard, W. Rimes, Mulhair (co.), Walker (assistant), Campbell-Smith (assistant) 3:09
10. "Good Lookin' Man" Joyce Harrison W. Rimes 3:11
11. "Fade to Blue" Jim Allison, Anne Reeves, Lang Scott W. Rimes, Mulhair (co.), Walker (assistant) 3:02


Compiled from liner notes.[12]

  • Chuck Howard – production
  • Johnny Mulhair – production
  • Wilbur C. Rimes – production


Blue debuted at No. 4 on Billboard 200 with 123,000 copies sold in the week ending of July 27, 1996,[14] it peaked at No. 3 in its second week with 129,500 copies sold.[15]

Preceded by
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain
Everything I Love by Alan Jackson
Everywhere by Tim McGraw
Top Country Albums number-one album
July 27 – November 15, 1996
December 14, 1996 – February 28, 1997
September 6–12, 1997
Succeeded by
Everything I Love by Alan Jackson
Unchained Melody: The Early Years by LeAnn Rimes
(Songbook) A Collection of Hits by Trisha Yearwood
Preceded by
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain
Ten Thousand Angels by Mindy McCready
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter
Carrying Your Love with Me by George Strait
RPM Country Albums number-one album
August 5–11, 1996
November 4–10, 1996
February 10–23, 1997
March 3–9, 1997
June 9–22, 1997
Succeeded by
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain
The Woman in Me by Shania Twain
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter
Did I Shave My Legs for This? by Deana Carter
Everywhere by Tim McGraw
Preceded by
The Woman in Me
by Shania Twain
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
by Garth Brooks

See also[edit]


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