Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Man! I Feel like Shania: Shania Twain's Fiendishly Entertaining New Collection Inspires a Trip Down Pink Memory Lane

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Man! I Feel like Shania: Shania Twain's Fiendishly Entertaining New Collection Inspires a Trip Down Pink Memory Lane

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Listening to Shania Twain's Greatest Hits CD--complete with four new tracks--is like taking a musical tour through the past decade of my big, fat, occasionally gay life. And I must say, it's a life made considerably more endurable by the unabashedly sunny, exclamation point--favoring Canadian lady of song.

Like peyote, you never forget your first shot of Shania. Mine occurred at the Los Angeles two-stepping gay bar Oil Can Harry's, where Shania's first video, "What Made You Say That," featuring a smokin' hot shiftless love interest, was in heavy rotation. That track is not on the Greatest Hits CD--it was recorded before Shania ditched Nashville and hooked up with her hit-meister husband and producer, Mutt Lang. Its omission is probably for the best, because I now find the song lyrically naive. What made him say that, Shania? He was drunk and he wanted to get in your pants.

Shania totally wised up by the first single of the next album, the suspicious-minded "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?" which is among the 21 tracks on Greatest Hits. So is the ravishing "From This Moment On," which I can't listen to without fantasizing about the Star Jones-esque wedding I'll never have. Then there's Shania's wistful ode to enduring love, "You're Still the One," which I vividly recall her strumming on VH1's first Divas Live extravaganza, proving to Mariah Carey--and the world--that you don't need gargantuan hair extensions to win over the White Party crowd. Quick question: How long does a gay couple have to be together before they can adopt "You're Still the One" as their theme song? …

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