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Lady and Gentlemen is LeAnn Rimes' tenth studio album that was released on September 27, 2011 by Curb Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Swingin' 3:02
  2. Wasted Days, Wasted Nights 4:06
  3. The Only Mama That'll Walk The Line 2:39
  4. I Can't Be Myself 3:12
  5. 16 Tons 2:42
  6. Help Me Make It Through The Night 3:01
  7. Rose Colored Glasses 3:06
  8. A Good Hearted Woman 3:40
  9. When I Call Your Name 3:41
  10. He Stopped Loving Her Today 3:51
  11. Blue 2:34
  12. The Bottle Let Me Down 3:49
  13. Crazy Women 3:25
  14. Give 4:31

Album BackgroundEdit

"Lady & Gentlemen" consists of Rimes covering songs by male country artists, including Vince Gill, who helped produce the album, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. She also "revisited" her 1996 debut single, "Blue" on the album, which she picked up the tempo on.

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Lady & Gentlemen" peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Lady & Gentlemen" received mostly positive reviews from most music critics. So far it has been given a score of 75 out of 100 from Metacritic.

Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars and called it "a collection of masculine country classics reinterpreted by a female singer."

Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly stated that the album "rarely sheds new light on the top-shelf material."

Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine compared the album to Tanya Tucker's 2009 album, My Turn and stated that album finds Rimes "taking real risks and making better music than many of her contemporaries."

Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times claimed that Rimes "has been contending lately with flak from image-conscious types over paparazzi photos of her slimmed-down physique, but her leaner, meaner approach to a batch of classic country songs for her latest collection is mostly good news."

Ben Ratliff of The New York Times stated that Rimes "can finally ease up on her default vocal style, brassy and belting, which is of course its own gender role."

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