Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, "Come On Over"

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April 13, 2012

1999 | #6

“Get a life, get a grip, get away somewhere, take a trip
Take a break, take control, take advice from someone you know

“Come on over, come on in
Pull up a seat, and take a load off your feet
Come on over, come on in
You can unwind, and take a load off your mind.”

Hmm.  So the lyrics don't seem to have a whole lot to say.  The song is primarily simple series of feel-good platitudes.

And yet, the package as a whole is hard to resist.  The lyrics are not outstanding on their own merits, but Twain sells them with enthusiasm, and Mutt Lange's production complements them effectively.  The Cajun-flavored accordion-laced arrangement and catchy piano hook lend the record a fresh and infectious sound that still holds up well today.

“Come On Over” is not one Twain's biggest or best hits from the album of the same title, but Twain and Lange's musical treatment makes it an entertaining and inviting musical experience, if not a particularly substantive one.

Written by Shania Twain and Robert John “Mutt” Lange

Grade:  B

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  1. Jake JNo Gravatar says:

    Good review. I always seem to look this one over when it really is a great upbeat song that always seems to put me in a good mood.

  2. Erik the PinkNo Gravatar says:

    I preferred the Pepto Bismol performance of this song at the CMAs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmuy484Lhfg

  3. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    Your commenter nickname is very telling, Erik the Pink ;)

  4. KatieNo Gravatar says:

    ^Wow that’s a lot of pink! lol. She actually sounds very tired in that performance at the CMAs. Just my impression though…

    And this is another one of Shania’s songs that just makes me want to be happy.

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