Lady & Gentlemen
Label: Curb Records
On LeAnn Rimes' 13th album, she covers country standards originally made famous by men. Rimes' take on Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" is a heartbreaking gem with sad, twanging guitar and a slow, shuffling beat that wraps around the song like a comforting blanket. Merle Haggard is such a man's man, you wouldn't think Rimes' spin on any of his songs would ring with authenticity, but "I Can't Be Myself" and "The Bottle Let Me Down" are two of Lady and Gentlemen's finest moments. She also offers two new songs, the inspiring "Give" and the Miranda Lambert-esque "Crazy Women."