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Blue is LeAnn Rimes' debut studio album that was released on July 9, 1996 by Curb Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Blue 2:47
  2. Hurt Me 2:53
  3. One Way Ticket (Because I Can) 3:42
  4. My Baby 2:49
  5. Honestly 3:21
  6. The Light In Your Eyes 3:20
  7. Talk To Me 3:11
  8. I'll Get Even With You 3:18
  9. Cattle Call 3:07
  10. Good Lookin' Man 3:11
  11. Fade To Blue 3:03

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Blue" debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 with 123,000 copies sold in the week ending of July 27, 1996. In its second week, the album peaked at #3 on the chart with 129,500 copies sold.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Blue" was met with some positive reviews from critics.

Allmusic rated it four out of five stars. Shawn M. Haney, who reviewed the album, called it "a glorious free-for-all of sassy pick-me-up country" and stated that "perhaps people of any age or style of interest will feel youthful again after a good listen and a half."

Similarly, Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ and stated that "such raw, old-fashioned country music, with such a big, twangy, sexy voice at the center, wouldn't be making such a stir in bland '90s Nashville if LeAnn Rimes weren't 13. In other words, the hype machine has inadvertently coughed up a gem."

Los Angeles Times gave the album two-and-a-half stars out of four and said that "Rimes displays the unbridled power and freshness you'd expect from a teenager. In an ideal world, she'd bring all that to bear on songs that tap her youthful zeal. Instead, too many on this major-label debut require a level of experience that's clearly beyond her years. There's no question Rimes has been blessed with a magnificent voice. Let's hope she'll be given a few years--say, at least until she's out of high school--to let her natural talent mature."

However, in his Consumer Guide, Robert Christgau gave the album a "neither" score and said that it "may impress once or twice with consistent craft or an arresting track or two. Then it won't."

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