Review by Matthew Fortuna
Far removed from the country darling she was introduced as in 1996, LeAnn Rimes has suffered the misfortune of personal trials and tabloid run-ins. She has had her share of ups and downs, but has remained an integral part of the country scene, charting over 30 songs in her 14 years in the business. While no longer the 13-year-old that brought us songs like “Blue,” the singer is again approaching a creative high-water mark, reached years ago with the slew of number one singles that made her a star.
The latest single from Rimes, titled “Crazy Women,” is set to be released on her upcoming Lady and Gentleman album. Whether the title is an allusion to her personal situation or not, the March 2011 release is one that is highly anticipated from fans across the genre.
The song is the second release from the album, after the top 60 “Swinging,” and is looking to be her first top 20 entry since 2007’s “Nothin Better To Do.” The album is also her first and three years, and expects to be a personal experience, given the recent emotion the singer has showed publicly on stage and in personal interviews around the world.
“Crazy Women” is a mean song in the same vein as Reba’s new hit strange, diddy’s like “Songs Like These” from Carried Underwood, or a large selection of the Miranda Lambert catalog. The song is an angry lament of the crazy women in and around her life, perhaps her included, and the inducing agent of their craziness: crazy men.
The sound is electronic country and finds Rimes showing off her impeccable timing and presence, alongside her strong vocals that have made her a live favorite for years. Fifteen albums into her career, LeAnn Rimes has found the formula for making hits, and “Crazy Women” fits the mold in nearly every way. Perhaps it will mark a type of comeback for a star who never really left.
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LeAnn Rimes “Crazy Women” Lyrics
Who’d-a guessed that Aqua-nette
Could start a fire with a single cigarette
She wasn’t drunk, she wasn’t stoned
Just sick and tired of wondering when he was coming home
So she drove around
She found his car
They heard a boom from in the bar
He called the cops
She called his bluff
They hauled her off in high heels and handcuffs
Crazy women, ex-wives and old girlfriends
Keep their crazy hidden till they’re pushed off the deep end
Oh no, God forgive them, they weren’t born like this
Oh no, crazy women are made by crazy men
He told his friends she was depressed
Borderline bi-polar, bitch with PMS
Well he cheats and lies and then plays the victim
He don’t know why they always seem to pick him
Some take a pistol, some take an axe
Boy if you feel the fire, you damn well bet she’s got a match
Might be the teacher just down the street
The hairdresser or the housewife or the waitress that’s so sweet
No you won’t see it when you meet them
So be careful how you treat ‘em
She might look just like me