Lee Ann Womack began recording a sequel for MCA Nashville after 2008's Call Me Crazy, but none of its advance singles stuck, leading the singer to shift direction for her seventh studio album. This album didn't appear until 2014, not on Universal but on Sugar Hill/Welk, who picked up The Way I'm Livin', an album that effectively reboots her career. Produced by Frank Liddell -- Womack's husband but more notably the producer behind recent hit records by Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, David Nail, and the Eli Young Band -- The Way I'm Livin' finds the veteran singer intentionally abandoning the chart race for deeply felt intimacy.
Lee Ann WomackThe Way I’m Livin’(Sugar Hill)Rating: 4 out of 5 stars The music industry doesn’t take kindly to artists such as Lee Ann Womack who take a well-earned seven year break in their careers in order to relax, regroup and not succumb to the grind that sends so many others into personal and professional tailspins. The resulting comeback doesn’t always click but when it does, the artist can rebound with some of their best work. That’s certainly the case with this long awaited return from one of country music’s finest vocalists.
For Lee Ann Womack fans, the six-year wait comes to an end Tuesday with The Way I'm Livin' -- the singer's first album since 2008's Call Me Crazy. Was it worth the wait or has Womack stayed away from music-making too long? The answer is a very definitive one, as the Texas native reclaims her spot as one of country's most expressive and distinctive vocalists. Read on for our track-by-track review of the Womack's new disc: "Fly": Especially early on in her career, Womack's heartfelt approach was compared to the early RCA recordings of Dolly Parton.