Up! by Shania Twain
“I'm gonna getcha real good,” announces Shania Twain on the first hit from her wildly anticipated fourth album, and she means it.
In fact, Shania is so determined to “getcha” that she’s packed Up! with 19 songs, each one as timely, reliable and carefully constructed as a Swiss watch.
All Shania’s familiar charms—catchy, radio-ready choruses, thumping beats, sassy attitude—are present and accounted for in each tune. It’s hard to imagine any of the 34 million people worldwide who bought Come On Over—Shania’s previous album, released a patience-testing five years ago—coming away from her new one unsatisfied.
Opening with the surprisingly down-sounding title cut, Up! charges full-throttle through the woman-power anthems “She’s Not Just A Pretty Face” and “Juanita,” the reggae-tinged “Ain’t No Particular Way,” the ABBA-ish “C’est La Vie,” and too many more to mention, pausing for only a couple of ballads along the way. A lone sour note is struck by the anti-shopping “Ka-Ching!”—does she really want you to feel guilty for buying the album?
That stumble is soon forgotten, and after 19 songs in 74 minutes, you’re only getting started. Up! is divided into two halves—the first, “red” disc is fully electrified, while the other, “green” disc offers more acoustic-leaning versions of the same songs. (Rumor had it that Up! would be Shania’s plunge into pop, but rest assured that’s not the case.)
Two and a half hours of tuneful, eager-to-please, state-of-the-art country? What more can one woman do to getcha to get Up!?