LeAnn Rimes delights in Cohasset

A review of LeAnn Rimes at the South Shore Music Circus on July 19, 2009

, Staff

The last time country superstar LeAnn Rimes was in town, she was opening for Kenny Chesney at Gillette Stadium. On Sunday, she was in Cohasset to perform for a near-capacity crowd at the much more& intimate South Shore Music Circus. Though the stages are vastly different, Rimes and her backing band still delivered& the same great& energy, vocals, and musicianship through an enjoyable 90-minute set.

Applause echoed throughout the tent, even before Leann Rimes made her way down the walkway onto the tight rotating stage. With a big smile on her face, she opened the show with an enthusiastic performance of “I Got You To Get Me”, complete with a generous amount of hair shaking and dancing.& She followed with another new tune “Criminal”, off her forthcoming album due later this year.& “Something’s Gotta Give” was an early highlight as the level of enthusiasm inside the tent began to soar. For every comment hollered, Rimes gave a genuine smile and "thank-you". When prefacing the track "Family", the title track off of her latest album, she declared to the crowd that "you guys are my family now."
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Rimes’ radio hits and better known tunes received the most reaction from the audience. The crowd went crazy for “Can’t Fight the Moonlight”, which was featured in the motion picture Coyote Ugly in which Rimes also appeared.& The balance between upbeat, toe tapping, crowd clapping songs and heartfelt ballads was ideal.& The emotional “Blue” and “How Do I Live” transitioned into “Nothin’ Better To Do” perfectly and each got an enormous reaction from the fans. “What I Cannot Change” a ballad off of Rimes’ latest Family. After its release, the song inspired a confession style website-, whaticannotchange.com, which then led to a book of people’s confessions published by Harper Collins. “It’s a very honest song,” Rimes said. “It touches something deep within people.”

Perhaps the polar opposite to the deeply emotional “What I Cannot Change” in terms of style and tempo was the new track “God Takes Care of Your Kind.” “Everyone can relate” Rimes said about the breakup song, which she clearly enjoyed performing. “As human beings we like to get revenge. There’s a lot of truth and a little humor to go along.”

If there was a fault to the show, it was the crowd itself. While they sang-along and roared with approval for many songs, they did so while remaining glued to their seats. No matter how lively the song was – or how much Rimes band tried to get the crowd going – they remained in their seats, which did affect the overall energy for some attendees. It was not until Rimes and company encored with a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” that the ½ the crowd got on their feet.

However, through it all, Rimes shined as a real down to earth performer who genuinely appreciated her fans. From her smile to her thank yous, she was all about pleasing those who came out to support her. “I always love coming here! You’re such a great crowd” she said. A true artist, Rimes’ talent spoke for itself. Whether she was having fun with “Big Deal” or belting out “I Need You” her voice was flawless and just the perfect recipe for an entertaining Sunday night.&

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