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Spitfire is LeAnn Rimes' 11th studio album that was released on April 15, 2013 by Curb Records.

Tracklisting

  1. Spitfire 2:56
  2. What Have I Done 4:21
  3. Gasoline And Matches 3:45
  4. Borrowed 3:31
  5. You Ain't Right 3:05
  6. I Do Now 3:53
  7. Where I Stood 4:23
  8. You've Ruined Me 3:43
  9. Bottle 3:34
  10. A Waste Is A Terrible Thing To Mind 2:57
  11. Just A Girl Like You 3:52
  12. God Takes Care Of Your Kind 3:14
  13. Who We Really Are 3:56

Album Background

LeAnn Rimes began working on the album back in 2011 shortly after the release of her cover album, "Lady & Gentlemen." It originally had fifteen tracks, but it was condensed down to thirteen tracks (not including the exclusive live bonus tracks).

According to Rimes, "[the album] is a peek into my world; who I am, what I've gone through, what my emotions are, it's an intimate conversation between me and whoever's listening. I hope I'm saying things that are hard for others to express."

Rimes also stated that the album "covers a range of emotions that I've experienced in my lifetime, from anger to love, from frustrations to letting go" as well as how her and co-producer, Darrell Brown, had "talked about telling that story in chronological order, but that didn't work sonically, so he said, ‘It's the truth…in no particular order.' And isn't that what life is about?"

She also noted that "It certainly took me a lot of work to get to this point. And it’s still easier to sing these thoughts than it is to say them out loud. The intimacy in my music is just beginning."

Mike Curb also commented on the album stating: "We've always known she is a great singer, this album simply proves outright that LeAnn is a great, multi-faceted artist."

The album includes a cover of Australian singer, Missy Higgins' song "Where I Stood" from her album, "On a Clear Night" as well as a cover of Buddy and Julie Miller's "Gasoline and Matches" from their album "Written in Chalk" and features Alison Krauss, guitarist Jeff Beck, Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty and Dan Tyminski.

It is Rimes' last contract-obligated release with the label, Curb Records, of which she had been with for almost eighteen years.

Composition

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Rimes went into the background of two songs on the album. According to Rimes, when speaking about "What Have I Done," stating: "[I] actually wrote it about a friend, but it was almost foreseeing things that were going to happen in a way. I was still with Dean at the time, and he heard the song and knew it was about [Eddie and me] before I did."

With the song "Borrowed", Rimes stated, "Obviously, it was a very controversial topic to write about...As hard as it was for me to write the song, I think it painted a true picture of that situation. I wanted to describe a very stark moment in my life. You just feel in complete limbo, and I felt guilty too; it wasn’t pretty at all."

Chart Performance

"Spitfire" debuted on the UK Country Albums Chart at number seven on the week of April 27, 2013.

On the following week of May 4, 2013, the album peaked at number three and in the following week of May 11, 2013, the album dropped to number nine.

In Australia, the album charted at number forty on the Australian Country Albums Chart on the week of May 6, 2013.

The following week, May 13, 2013, the album peaked at number nineteen. On the week of May 20, 2013, the album dropped to number twenty-four.

In the United States (the following week after the album's release), "Spitfire" entered and peaked the Billboard 200 at number thirty-six and entered and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

On the week of June 29, 2013, the album had dropped to number twenty-one on the Top Country Albums chart whilst on the Billboard 200, it fell to number seventy-eight.

Critical Reception

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