EastCoastNAZ saidShania's cheese factor just keeping getting higher and higher while her voice just gets more grating. I love her slow songs, but can only listen to one or maybe two at a time, afterwhich I just get irritated because her voice just sounds like it's dargging. And I think I've had enough of lyrics that sound like she's writing an elementary school ditty or something. Not to mention the constant sound-alike production for almost 20 years.
Not that I want to turn this into a heated comparison, but, I've always seen Shania as the country Madonna. Like Madonna, Shania wouldn't have been successful had she not been so super-sexy. Unlike Madonna, Shania has shown little to no growth as an artist, either in production, writing (though, based on recent released singles, some might question Madonna - her album cuts are her brilliance), or vocals.
I do agree that she has some cheesy songs, especially from her Up!
album. But I've always thought she had a beautiful voice. It's not always about being able to hit the highest note. I think she has one of the most beautiful tones I've ever heard, and she knows how to convey emotion.
Yes, Mutt Lange's production was a huge factor in her success, but she had a ton of fans back in the day and was still a superstar. Her Come On Over
album is the best-selling album by any female artist in history (and the best-selling country album of all-time). And I feel like that album was nothing short of musical genius.
She broke the boundaries between country and pop music. She was so ahead of her time in that respect...her sexy image along with songs that were a little less "traditional" country than those in Nashville were used to, a lot of people didn't care for her and she faced a lot of criticism. In her own way, she was sort of like a 90s country version of Madonna or Lady GaGa. She paved the way for today's crossover artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, etc and even helped those in the past cross over (Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes).
Despite some cheesy lyrics here and there, she managed to create some of the catchiest songs I've ever heard and has managed to sell over 75 million albums based on relatively few released (only 3 major solo albums and 1 Greatest Hits compilation), making her the best-selling female country act of all-time. All of her ballads are beautiful. She's a likeable, down-to-earth and private person. And I wish her the best of success and hope to see another album from her in the future.
If she's not your cup of tea, that's cool. But you can't deny her likeability, success, and talent. And there's certainly no need to bash her.