Single Review: LeAnn Rimes, “Crazy Women”

Apparently wayward men make both honky tonk angels and crazy women, if LeAnn Rimes is to be believed.

This is a very cleverly written song, kicking off with the best opening line in recent memory: “Who’d have guessed that Aqua Net could start a fire with a single cigarette?”

What follows is a wry warning to all men who would underestimate the craziness that might be unleashed by a seemingly tame woman, should you decide to cross her.

Rimes turns in a typically wonderful vocal performance, coming off like an uptown Miranda Lambert.  But then again, what “Crazy Women” could really use is a little more of that Lambert grit.  The backing track lacks the frenetic energy that the lyric demands.

If she had done this a bit more in the vein of her “Swingin'” cover from earlier this year, it could’ve been a career high point.  But it’s a darn good single, nonetheless.

Written by Brandy Clark, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Shane McAnally

Grade: B+

Listen: Crazy Women


  1. …handcuffs and high heels in this one, a little masochism in gary allan’s latest – country music sounds as if it has gotten a little bored with music row and went for short break to bourbon street. one or two more and we have a nice sampler of songs about women not walking the line anymore. good one by ms. rimes, by the way.

  2. I love this song. It’s too bad I keep thinking about her infidelity the whole way through. I guess if I keep listening I’ll get over that.

  3. The song isn’t too bad; at least it’s a bit better than most of what country radio plays, which I realize is not saying much; and admittedly, I’m no bigger a fan of LeAnn’s than I am of Taylor’s (though my being 40 has a lot to do with it [LOL]).

    Now, that pic of LeAnn at the top of the page here kind of creeps me out for some reason, though.

  4. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that, for the exact reason Danni mentioned, any chance this song had at doing well on the charts in completely out the window.

    No one wants to listen to a cheater. I sure don’t.

  5. *sigh* I shouldn’t be surprised that so many fans cannot get past a broken relationship to enjoy an artist’s music. But I constantly am. I could almost understand hating on the Dixie Chick’ politics, even if I didn’t agree with it. But get real people, we all end up in relationships that end less than amicable. Let he who is without sin …

    That said, I think this song is a little busy for me, but I like it a lot better than her take on ‘Swingin’ and am glad she seems to have scrapped that project.

  6. I agree with JR. People should listen to the song and forget about the story that she cheated in her life. None of us, except for LeAnn Rimes, knows exactly what happened and the situation that brought forth the demise of her relationship. But it really shouldn’t have any bearing on the song itself. Hate her if you want, but judge the song on itself, not on the artist.

    That said, I’m not the biggest fan of the song but think it’s ok.

  7. This has to be one of THE best written songs ever. Wow! I can’t wait to download the single and buy the album. I saw Leann live in Snoqualmie, WA about a month ago. She sang this and the crowd went “crazy”, even though many if not all had never heard it before. Who cares what her personal life consists of… she’s a phenomenal singer and (surprising to me) a great performer. I loved her versions of the remakes for this album and He Stopped Loving Her Today is very comparable to I Told You So and Carrie Underwood.

  8. @ J. R. Journey,

    I’m pretty sure she hasn’t scrapped the project, at least not yet. According to a post I saw on her twitter, “Crazy Women” is going to be a bonus track on Lady and Gentlemen, along with an updated version of “Blue” and “Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down.” I think it’s existence as a bonus track is also mentioned in the single’s press release on her website.

  9. I think that I am entitled to buy music for any reason I want to and I don’t care if it was the best song in the world< I would not buy it she is nothing but a liar, cheater and smug person Hope her career tanks very fast

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