Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “You Lay a Whole Lot of Love On Me”


July 4, 2011

1993 | Did Not Chart

After two singles that peaked at #55, the final release from Shania Twain didn’t even chart, though the music video did receive decent rotation on CMT.

It’s a torch ballad that compares favorably to the Con Hunley original, which peaked at #19 in 1980.  Twain takes a few more liberties with the melody than Hunley did, though not quite as much as Tom Jones did when he recorded it.

Once again, it’s a production that was already a decade out of date in 1993, and it could have been the swan song of a promising career had there not been a fateful meeting with a certain rock producer.

Written by Hank Beach and Forest Borders II

Grade: B-

Listen: You Lay a Whole Lot of Love On Me



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  1. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    This one never made a very deep impression on my memory. Not a fan of the arrangement, but Shania’s vocals are pretty consistent. It’s okay, but not great.

  2. JonathanNo Gravatar says:

    I had forgotten how much the production on this makes it sound like a Forester Sisters single. Lord.

  3. ThomasNo Gravatar says:

    Definitely not my favourite song from Shania by a long shot. Although I do like the video, as it was shot in Montreal. Go Canada!

  4. kathrine bocshNo Gravatar says:

    its really amazing to listening this song after a long time it has different taste i must say , thanks

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