Shania Twain has officially announced the title of her new album – Now – her first full-length in nearly 15 years, along with audio for the lead single, "Life's About to Get Good." The performer shared also artwork for Shania Now square by square on Instagram, and tweeted art for "Life's About to Get Good." The album is currently slated for a September 29th release.
The black-and-white cover for Now is a classic Twain pose – flirty and mysterious, with her leopard-spotted gloves and windblown hair, but confident and in control. The art for "Life's About to Get Good," by comparison, shows a more relaxed Twain, smiling contentedly while lying on the grass.
"Life's About to Get Good," which Twain debuted live at Stagecoach 2017, is a bouncy, optimistic number about moving from troubled times into better days. Yoking a steady four-on-the-floor beat to energetic handclaps and thumping piano, the tune has a touch of Jeff Lynne's hyper-melodic work with Electric Light Orchestra in its DNA, from the stacked harmonies to the bright combination of chords. "Life's about joy, life's about pain," she sings at one point, acknowledging the good and bad, sweet and sour of living. Twain wrote the song herself and it was produced by Matthew Koma and Ron Aniello. Listen above.
Twain has noted at various points that the songs on Now came out of an extended dark period in her life, during which she divorced husband and longtime producer Mutt Lange, battled Lyme disease and temporarily lost her singing voice. She returned to the spotlight in 2011, issuing the single "Today Is Your Day" and setting up her Las Vegas residency Still the One at Caesars Palace. She followed that two-year stint by getting back on the road with the Rock This Country Tour, which she claimed in 2016 would be her final tour.
A full track listing for Now has not yet been announced, but a release notes that it will be available in a standard 12-track edition and a deluxe 16-track version. Fans may hear something new when Twain performs as part of Today's Summer Concert Series on Friday, June 16th, on NBC.