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LeAnn Rimes

  • Blue [Curb, 1996] Neither
  • You Light Up My Life [Curb, 1997] Dud
  • Sittin' on Top of the World [Curb, 1998] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Blue [Curb, 1996] Neither

You Light Up My Life [Curb, 1997] Dud

Sittin' on Top of the World [Curb, 1998]
Not content to split the difference between Patsy Cline and Debbie Boone, this young teen and her in-it-to-win-it voice turn as grotesque as a mascaraed five-year-old in a beauty pageant. She begins by imagining a guy who "worships my body." Her Dad Rimes production and Carole Bayer Warren crossovers reveal Mutt Lange as the easygoing popster he is. She never cracks a smile, rarely revs a tempo. And in the only climax she understands, she colors in the "Purple Rain" so dark I'd say its purple was black if that metaphor weren't patently ridiculous. C+