Something Worth Leaving Behind

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Something Worth Leaving Behind
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 20, 2002
LabelMCA Nashville
ProducerFrank Liddell, Mike McCarthy, Matt Serletic, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Wright
Lee Ann Womack chronology
I Hope You Dance
Something Worth Leaving Behind
The Season for Romance

Something Worth Leaving Behind is the fourth studio album from Lee Ann Womack, released in 2002. It peaked on the Billboard 200 at #16 and the Top Country Albums at #2. Two singles were released from the album; the title-track (a Top 20 hit) and "Forever Everyday". This was also the first album of Womack's career not to produce a Top Ten country hit.


Womack told The Early Show "It's very much in line with my last three. This is my fourth project. You know, I have the real traditional country songs on there, and then I have some things that are a little more contemporary and up-tempo. And--and, but I--you know, I try to find songs from the best songwriters that I can." [1] Womack told Billboard, "Every album seems critical when you are making it. I have a lot of confidence in my team. You can't predict commercially what an album is going to do. I just have to make the best music I can and move on. I've never, ever felt like in my career that everything hinges on the next single. I don't worry about it."[2]

In 2005, Womack told The Dallas Morning News, "I didn't have that much fun making Something Worth Leaving Behind. Now that I look back on it, because of the success that I had prior, I was so worried that I was gonna not measure up to that, that I over-thought everything on that record. I please everybody with that record...myself, radio, the listeners, everybody who loved 'Never Again, Again' and everybody who loved 'I Hope You Dance.' And it just didn't work. It backfired."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
No Depression(negative)[5]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[6]

Tim Perry of The Independent wrote, "Following such an album is a hard task, but someone of her newfound stature can avail herself of the best songwriters. This is solid, radio-friendly stuff.[7] Brian Mansfield of USA Today listed it as the tenth worst album of 2002 and wrote, "Womack's ill-advised crossover ploy and a makeover that made her look like Britney Spears' mother made one of Nashville's most respected singers the butt of jokes."[8] Michael Paoletta of Billboard wrote, "Womack is brilliant vocalist who is at a career crossroads; here's hoping she leans toward substance over style."[9] Ralph Novak of People Magazine gave the album a mixed review and wrote, " Womack's voice, which can trickle off and become a wan instrument, gains noticeably in vigor when she approaches more energetic material."[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Something Worth Leaving Behind" (Brett Beavers, Tom Douglas) – 3:50
  2. "I Saw Your Light" (Gretchen Peters) – 6:02
  3. "When You Gonna Run to Me" (Monty Powell, Jimmie Lee Sloas, Anna Wilson) – 3:58
  4. "Talk to Me" (David Grissom, Kevin Hunter) – 5:47
  5. "Forever Everyday" (Devon O'Day, Kim Patton-Johnston) – 3:51
  6. "Orphan Train" (Julie Miller) – 4:05
  7. "I Need You" (Miller) – 4:55
  8. "You Should've Lied" (Angelo Petraglia, Matraca Berg) – 4:44
  9. "He'll Be Back" (Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Dale Dodson) – 2:48
  10. "Surrender" (Sally Barris, Karyn Rochelle) – 4:24
  11. "Blame It on Me" (Bruce Robison) – 4:06
  12. "Closing This Memory Down" (Dave Loggins, John Bettis) – 4:08
  13. "Something Worth Leaving Behind (International Version)" (Beavers, Douglas) – 4:34


Strings Arranged By David Campbell, Kristin Wilkinson & D. Bergen White
    • String Section (The Nashville String Machine): David & Monisa Angell, Janet Askey, Carl Gorodetsky, Connie Heard, Anthony LaMarchina, Lee Larrison, Robert Mason, Cate Myer, Lynn Peithmann, Pamela Sixfin, Elisabeth K. Small, Christian Teal, Alan & Catherine Olmstead, Mary Katheryn & Gary VanOsdale, Kristin Wilkinson

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 16


  1. ^ CBS News Transcripts The Saturday Early Show (September 28, 2002)
  2. ^ Price, Deborah Evans. Billboard Womack Shows Her 'Worth' On MCA (August 10, 2002)
  3. ^ Tarradel, Mario. The Dallas Morning News Country beckons her back (February 27, 2005)
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Cantwell, David (2002-10-31). "Lee Ann Womack - Something Worth Leaving Behind". No Depression.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (2003-06-10). "Eating Again". Village Voice.
  7. ^ Perry, Tim. The Independent Pop Album Reviews (August 31, 2002)
  8. ^ Mansfield, Brian. USA Today Alan drives country; 'Country' goes in ditch (December 31, 2002)
  9. ^ Paoletta, Michael, and R.W. "Something Worth Leaving Behind (Music release)." Billboard 114.35 (2002): 23. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 6 June 2011.
  10. ^ Novak, Ralph. "Something Worth Leaving Behind (Music release)." People 58.12 (2002): 35. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 6 June 2011.