Grammy winner LeAnn Rimes is ready to leave the tabloid headlines in her past and focus on that which brought her to fame’s door in the first place: her music.
The sometimes-controversial singer-songwriter, whose marriage to actor Eddie Cibrian remains entertainment-gossip fodder, will release a new album, the 14-track “Spitfire,” come June 4, and this time around, the blond artist had a hand in penning nine of its songs.
“This album is a peek into my world; who I am, what I’ve gone through, what my emotions are,” Rimes said in an April 29 missive shared with tapeunit.com. “It’s an intimate conversation between me and whoever’s listening.
“I hope I’m saying things that are hard for others to express,” she continued. “It certainly took me a lot of work to get to this point. And it’s still easier to sing these thoughts than it is to say them out loud. The intimacy in my music is just beginning.”
Rimes’ label home reports it’s already collecting reviews for the disc that suggest critical succees is a shoe-in. The disc, which was co-produced by Rimes and Darrell Brown, features a number of guest artists, from Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski to Jeff Beck and Rob Thomas, the latter of whom she’s longed to collaborate with for about a decade.
“LeAnn and producer Darrell Brown have created a very special musical adventure that is delivered straight from LeAnn’s heart,” commented Curb Records Chairman Mike Curb. We’ve always known she is a great singer. This album simply proves outright that LeAnn is a great, multi-faceted artist.”
As for Rimes, she’s called the album a “journey” that packed in several memorable moments along the way, including from having multi-Grammy award-winning engineer, Al Schmitt (Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones) mix several songs to having the aforementioned Krauss and Tyminsky sing background vocals on “What Have I Done?”
“’Spitfire’ covers a range of emotions that I’ve experienced in my lifetime, from anger to love, from frustrations to letting go,” the now L.A.-based Rimes said. “(Co-producer) Darrell and I talked about telling that story in chronological order, but that didn’t work sonically, so he said, ‘It’s the truth … in no particular order.’ And isn’t that what life is about?”
The physical CD will launch exclusively at Walmart and is now available for preorder via this link. The album’s track listing is as follows:
1. “Spitfire” (LeAnn Rimes/Darrell Brown/David Baerwald)
2. “What Have I Done?” with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminsky (LeAnn Rimes/Darrell Brown/David Baerwald)
3. “Gasoline & Matches” with Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck (Buddy and Julie Miller)
4. “Borrowed” (LeAnn Rimes/Darrell Brown/Dan Wilson)
5. “You Ain’t Right” (Liz Rose/Chris Stapleton/Morgane Hayes)
6. “I Do Now” (LeAnn Rimes/Darrell Brown/Dan Wilson)
7. “Where I Stood” (Missy Higgins)
8. “You’ve Ruined Me” (LeAnn Rimes/Darrell Brown/John Shanks)
9. “Bottle” (Christina Aldendifer and Gary Burr)
10. “A Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind” (LeAnn Rimes/David Baerwald/Darrell Brown)
11. “Just A Girl Like You” (LeAnn Rimes/Darrell Brown/Nathan Chapman)
12. “God Takes Care of Your Kind” (LeAnn Rimes/Darrell Brown/Dean Sheremet)
13. “Who We Really Are” (Sarah Buxton and Darrell Brown)
14. “Borrowed” (Live) – Bonus Track
For more information on Rimes, please access her official website.
Video bonus: To see Rimes perform a poignant rendition of her new album’s “What Have I Done” song, please access the link on the track listing in the post above. And to see a report on the inspiration for “Spitfire,” please access the video embedded with this post.