Retro Single Review: Shania Twain, “Honey, I’m Home”

1998 | Peak: #1

Come On Over was such a forward-sounding album that by the time the eleventh track played, it sounded like a dated throwback.

“Honey, I’m Home” is a paint-by-numbers rewrite of the groundbreaking “Any Man of Mine”, deliberately written to placate the fans who discovered her through that song.

That isn’t speculation, mind you.  Twain stated it outright when the album was released.

It isn’t a bad record, by any means.   I’d make the case that it’s actually funnier and a bit catchier than “Any Man of Mine.”  But like any sequel, no amount of improvement can recreate the impact of the original.

Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain

Grade: B

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  1. If I had to choose between this and “Any Man of Mine,” I think I would still go with “Any Man of Mine,” but I do think this is a hugely entertaining record. I think the arrangement sounds very cool – how it kind of rocks and twangs at the same time. I would probably give it a B+ or A-, depending on the day.

  2. I think its a bit unfair to compare ‘Honey I’m Home’ to ‘Any Man of Mine’. HIH should stand on its own for what it is. It is a great satire on gender roles that AMOM does not touch on. Hearing a woman demand a beer from her man after coming home from work is striking.

  3. Shania had so many good songs. “Honey I’m Home” is a lot of fun, even if it is “Any Man of Mine, Part II.” Sometimes sequels are just as good as the original. Though in fairness, its not quite the same song. In “Any Man of Mine,” Shania is a bad cook who burns dinner while in “Honey I’m Home” Shania’s honey gets her dinner and her favorite treat. Either way, both songs are still fun over 15 years later.

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