“Life’s About to Get Good”
Written by Shania Twain
After years of unfulfilled promises of a new Shania Twain album, I eventually said that I would believe it when I heard a release date and a first single. Well, that release is September 29 and the first single is “Life’s About to Get Good”. It would seem that it’s time to believe it.
It’s immediately clear that fifteen years has not taken away Twain’s way with a hook. From the bouncy opening notes, the arrangement is a delight, sweetly seasoned with mandolin, fiddle and hand claps. The arrangement is not overwhelmed by clutter, as is much of today’s mainstream country music. It sounds pops but still feels country – it’s recognizable as a Shania Twain single without blatantly recycling her past hit material.
Lyrics such as “Life’s about joy…life’s about pain” are not in themselves particularly revelatory, but Twain’s performance draws out a deep sense of sincerity and vulnerability from even the simplest lines, such the opening “I wasn’t just broken…I was shattered.” When she sings, “I had to believe that life would get better,” her determination to move on is palpable.
Perhaps the biggest knock against “Life’s About to Get Good” is the excessive processing to which Twain’s vocal has been subjected – an unnecessary barrier between her and her audience. The echoing background vocals are likewise distracting and contribute nothing meaningful to the proceedings.
But the song’s spirit remains infectious as it expresses heartache for today coupled with hope for tomorrow. It’s easy to hear the song as having been inspired by Twain’s personal life upheavals of the past decade, but really, relentless positivity has always been a hallmark of her work. In that respect, “Life’s About Good” feels like the return of an old friend.