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Shania Twain: Come on Over [Mercury, 1997]
Aside from its quota of musical sound effects, Twain's latest incarnation obviously has nothing to do with country. Setting out into the vast unexplored territory separating Garth from Madonna, she and husband-producer-cowriter Mutt Lange glance over at Gwen Stefani and take a few tips from Lange's old charges the Cars before arriving at a new pop formula that's all flirtatious ebullience and lively hooks. And miraculously, this discovery proves more exhilarating than a barrel of orgasms--the happy kind, none of your soul-shaking groaners. Not while this incarnation has juice, anyway. A-