Family - LeAnn Rimes

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Rimes illustrates her range as a singer along with some true strength as a writer, and they help make Family a canny blend of the commercial and the confessional--an album that feels heartfelt, yet is as accessible and enjoyable as her best records.
  2. 40
    The results sound like an update of the kind of AOR racket Pat Benatar and Heart were making in the '80s. [Nov 2007, p.116]
  3. There's little spark, despite her admirable willingness to take chances. [Nov 3007, p.147]
  4. The songs are uneven, but the peak is a duet with Mr. Nashville himself, Jon Bon Jovi.
  5. Throughout, Rimes displays new maturity in songwriting, though too often she lapses into posturing power pop. [19 Oct 2007, p.129]
  6. A slightly too-smooth production and typically overblown Bon Jovi collaboration act against notions of her as a modern Janis Joplin, but it's certainly disconcerting to hear a big-voiced former AOR child star saying that all she needs is a good friend and a glass of wine.
  7. Like most everything else about Family, it's a calculated risk that pays off.
  8. 80
    The lighthearted genre-hopping suggests nothing so much as a Broadway smash about a restless country star, borrowing from many styles, beholden to none.
  9. Two bonus cuts, 'Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore' with Bon Jovi and 'When You Love Someone Like That' with Reba McEntire, are icing on an immensely satisfying collection.
  10. The result is the best, most cogent album of her career.
  11. True, she sometimes lays it on too thick: edging close to self-parody with bluesy groans and growls, or waxing inspirational (in 'Doesn’t Everybody') about our common need for love. She’s more convincing in 'What I Cannot Change,' a pretty, cello-driven ballad.
  12. A carefully manicured, but still lively assortment that highlights her substantial vocal strengths.

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