Twisted Angel
LeAnn Rimes - Twisted Angel
Released October 1, 2002
Recorded 1999–2002
Cello Studios
Capital Studios
Larrabee West
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Conway Studios
Henson Recording Studio
1023 Productions
(Hollywood, CA)
Larrabee Studios North
(Universal City, CA)
Abbey Road Studios
(London, UK)
Goodnight LA & Sound Image
(Van Nuys, CA)
West Lake Audio & Larrebee East
(Los Angeles, CA)
The Enterprise
(Burbank, CA)
The Gentlemen's Club
(Miami Beach, FL)
Length 50:10
Label Curb
Producer Peter Amato
Desmond Child
Gregg Pagani
LeAnn Rimes
(executive producer)
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Twisted Angel is the fifth studio album by American country pop singer LeAnn Rimes, released in the United States on October 1, 2002 by Curb Records. The album was critically panned.

LeAnn performed the track "Love Is an Army" at the 2003 Country Music Awards.

The track "You Made Me Find Myself" is a cover. It was originally performed and written by international recording artist Tina Arena on her album Just Me.

The track "Review My Kisses" was covered by international recording artist Lara Fabian on her A Wonderful Life album.


After resigning her contract with Curb Records,[1] Rimes began work recording songs for Twisted Angel for three years.[2] It is the first album she would do under her new management. It is also the first album that Rimes's father, Wilbur C. Rimes, did not produce but instead Rimes would be the executive producer of the album herself.[3]


Two singles were released from the album. "Life Goes On" was released as the lead single from the album on August 26, 2002.[4] Holly George-Warren of Entertainment Weekly claimed the song would "probably go on to number one on the pop chart."[5] The song peaked at number nine on the Adult Contemporary chart, thirty-five on the Pop Songs chart, twenty-eight on the Adult Pop Songs and sixty on the Country Songs chart in the US.[6] The second single and final single, "Suddenly", was released internationally on February 18, 2003.[7] The song peaked at forty-three on the Country song chart in the US.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

The album was met with mixed reviews, as Metacritic gave it a score of 51 out of 100.[9] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave a mixed review about the album. Though praising Rimes for her conversion to pop by stating that it "isn't a bad career move at all, since there's a void there with the absence of Whitney Houston, the breakdown of Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera's bizarre insistence to strip instead of sing", Erlewine noted that Rimes "may not be an audience for it: even though this is well done, it is so pop it will alienate her older fans, and she needs to win over an older audience that may not be taken with her newly sexualized image." He also stated that the song-writing in on the album was "a little uneven; often, it's very good workmanlike mainstream pop, but there are a couple of duds (namely, the irritating chorus on the "sassy" "Trouble With Goodbye"), and even the best material is melodic without being hooky or memorable." Erlewine's biggest problem was the production and attitude of the album which he stated is "kind of fall through the cracks in 2002, when teen pop is dead and mainstream pop is veering away from divas and toward quirkier, friendlier singers like Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne, and Michelle Branch." Erlewine concluded with stating that even though Rimes didn't do a bad job trying to get into mainstream pop he did state that the album is a bit "dated" and stated that Rimes would be better off using a different production team then Desmond Child.[10] Jon Caramanica of Entertainment Weekly on the other hand gave the album a C+, stating that Rimes "desperately wants to play with the bad girls" and concluded by writing "Someone unbreak her heart, please."[11] Dave Gil de Rubio of Barnes & stated that Rimes is "moving farther from her country music roots with a set of songs closer in spirit to junior divas Britney and Christina."[12] Jon Caramanica of Rolling Stone gave the album two out of five stars and stated, "Rimes, who got her start aping Patsy Cline, slaps her throaty drawl over hip-hop lite beats Jessica Simpson wouldn't touch, and a succession of mushy love songs don't help. With golden pipes and white-bread good looks, she could succeed Celine Dion as North America's ranking pop balladeer; in the meantime let's hope Nashville will take her back, and quick."[13] Billboard gave it a positive review.[14]

Track listingEdit

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Life Goes On"  Andreas Carlsson, Desmond Child, Rimes 3:33
2. "Wound Up"  Gary Burr, Greg Pagani, Rimes 4:15
3. "The Safest Place"  Eric Bazilian, Child, Mark Hudson, Victoria Shaw 3:52
4. "Trouble with Goodbye"  Pete Amato, Randy Cantor, Shelly Peiken 3:22
5. "Damn"  Ty Lacy, Holly Lamar, Dennis Matkosky 3:29
6. "Suddenly"  Carlsson, Child 3:58
7. "Tic Toc"  Amato, Pagani, Christina Rumbley 3:40
8. "Sign of Life"  Burr, Child, Pagani 4:28
9. "Review My Kisses"  Child, Marie Wilson 5:31
10. "No Way Out"  Austin Deptula, Gary Leach, Rimes 3:55
11. "Love Is an Army"  Child, Gyan Evans 4:01
12. "You Made Me Find Myself"  Tina Arena, Child, Lacy 3:39
13. "Twisted Angel"  Leach, Rimes 3:21

Australian bonus discEdit

Australian limited edition bonus disc[15]
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Can't Fight the Moonlight"  Diane Warren 3:35
2. "Life Goes On" (Amato/Pagani Country Mix)Carlsson, Child, Rimes 3:38
3. "Life Goes On" (Almighty Mix)Carlsson, Child, Rimes 3:46
4. "Life Goes On" (Peter Amato Mix)Carlsson, Child, Rimes 3:21
5. "Life Goes On" (M*A*S*H Mix)Carlsson, Child, Rimes 8:07
6. "Life Goes On" (29 Palms Transgressive Mix)Carlsson, Child, Rimes 8:58

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits for Twisted Angel were adapted from liner notes.[3]

  • Abe Laboriel, Jr. — drums
  • Abe Laboriel, Sr. — bass
  • Alan Sanderson — assistant engineer
  • Alex Gibson — assistant engineer
  • Anatoly Rosinski — violin
  • Ana Landauer — violin
  • Andreas Carlsson — background vocals
  • Bernie Grundman — mastering
  • Bill Malina — additional engineering
  • Bob Peterson — violin
  • Brad Dutz — timpani
  • Brian Coleman — production manager
  • Brian Humphrey — assistant engineer
  • Chandler Bridges — additional engineering
  • Charlie Bisharat — violin
  • Charlie Everett — violin
  • Charlie Paakkari — assistant engineer
  • Chris Brooke — recording
  • Chris Clark — assistant engineer, assistant mix engineer
  • Conrad Golding — additional engineering, assistant engineer
  • Corky James — guitar
  • Craig Lozowick — additional engineering
  • Dan Smith — celli
  • Darrin McCann — viola
  • David Campbell — French horn, strings, string quintet arrangement, timpani arrangement & conductor
  • Denyse Buffum — viola (principle)
  • Desmond Child — producer
  • Dino Herrmann — additional engineering
  • DJ Mega Man — scratches
  • Ed Stein — violin
  • Eric Jackson — acoustic guitar
  • Eve Butler — violin
  • Gareth Bowser — assistant engineer
  • Gavyn Writer — violin (principle)
  • Gerry Hilera — violin
  • Greg Landon — assistant engineer
  • Gregg Paganni — arrangement, keyboard, producer, programming, recording
  • Gyan Evans — background vocals*
  • Humberto Gatica — recording
  • Jeanette Olsson — background vocals
  • Jennifer Young — assistant engineer
  • Joe Meyer — French Horn
  • Joel Derouin — violin (concert master)
  • John Morrical — assistant engineer
  • John Wittenberg — violin
  • Jon Clarke — alto flute, oboe
  • Jonathan Schwarts — acoustic bass
  • Jules Gondar — recording
  • Kazi Pitelka — viola
  • Larry Corbett — celli (principle)
  • LeAnn Rimes — background vocals, executive producer
  • Leland Sklar — bass
  • Luis Conte — percussion
  • Manny Marroquin — mixing
  • Margaret Wooten — violin
  • Mary Scully — bass
  • Matt Funes — viola
  • Matt Gruber — recording
  • Matt Lavalla — recording, assistant engineer
  • Michael Landau — guitar
  • Michael Thompson — guitar
  • Michelle Forbes — assistant mix engineer
  • Michelle Richards — violin
  • Nathan Malki — additional engineering
  • Nora Payne — background vocals
  • Pat Kiernan — violin
  • Pete Novak — assistant mix engineer
  • Peter Amato — arrangement, keyboard, producer, programming, recording
  • Peter Cobbin — mixing, piano, programming, recording
  • Peter Kent — violin
  • Phill Dukes — viola
  • Rebeka Tuinei — assistant mix engineer
  • Robbie Nevil — guitar
  • Rob Chairelli — mix, recording
  • Ruby Stein — celli
  • Sara Parkins — violin
  • Sherree Ford — background vocals, background vocal arrangements
  • Sid Page — violin
  • Simon Oswell — viola
  • Stephanie Bennett — harp
  • Steve Churchyard — recording
  • Steve Ferrone — drums
  • Steve Richards — celli
  • Sueann Carwell — background vocals, background vocal arrangements
  • Susan Chatman — violin
  • Suzi Katayama — orchestra manager
  • Tony Pleeth — cello
  • Zev Katz — acoustic bass

*Note: Gary Evans appears courtesy of Deston Entertainment


Twisted Angel debuted at number twelve on Billboard 200 with 61,398 copies sold in its first week,[16] it fell by forty-seven percent with 32,619 copies sold in its second week.[17] and a fourteen percent decrease in its third with 28,176 copies sold.[18]

Peak positions Edit

Chart (2002/03) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[19] 21
Austrian Albums Chart[19] 64
Canadian Albums Chart 12
Danish Albums Chart[19] 35
Dutch Albums Chart[19] 39
German Albums Chart[20] 33
Finnish Albums Chart[19] 39
Irish Albums Chart[21] 57
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[22] 92
New Zealand Albums Chart[19] 5
Norwegian Albums Chart[19] 22
Swedish Albums Chart[19] 29
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 18
UK Albums Chart[23] 14
US Billboard 200[24] 12
US Billboard Top Country Albums[24] 3

Year-end chart Edit

Chart (2002) Position
US Billboard Top Country Albums[25] 45
Chart (2003) Position
New Zealand Albums Chart[26] 37
US Billboard Top Country Albums[27] 44

Release historyEdit

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United States 2002-10-01 Curb Records cassette tape/CD D2-78747[28][29]
Brazil Warlock Records CD 5050466093127[30]
United Kingdom 2002-10-14 Curb Records 5046611562[31]
Australia 2002-10-28 5098059000[32]


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LeAnn Rimes albums

Main article: LeAnn Rimes discography

Independent albums

Studio albums


Extended Plays

Live albums

External linkEdit

LeAnn Rimes - Life Goes On (Official Music Video)

LeAnn Rimes - Life Goes On (Official Music Video)

"Life Goes On" music video

LeAnn Rimes - Suddenly (Official Music Video)

LeAnn Rimes - Suddenly (Official Music Video)

"Suddenly" official music video

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