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Classic Album Review: Eileen Shania Twain | The Complete Limelight Sessions

Twain's distinctive vocals can't save this limp, superficial set of pre-fame recordings.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


We have all done stupid stuff in our youth — had bad hairstyles, worn ugly clothes, taken bad pictures, maybe even acted foolish in public. It’s all part of life. Unless you’re a celebrity. Then it becomes some old acquaintance’s way of cashing in on your success and/or embarrassing the hell out of you.

Those are about the only possible reasons for the existence of The Complete Limelight Sessions, an hour-long collection of pre-fame tracks cut by Shania Twain in Toronto in, oh, about the late ’80s, judging by the freeze-dried synths and cheesy pop production. Sure, it’s interesting to note that even back then, Twain had a distinctive and powerful voice whose potential far outweighed the lame, limp superficiality of these songs. But ultimately, albums like this make you understand why celebrities keep lawyers on retainer.