LeAnn Rimes Talks Sex Over Techno Beat On Twisted New Album

Singer turns down the country to emphasize other influences on latest LP.

LeAnn Rimes' musical tastes vary from rock and jazz to rap and R&B, and for

the first time she's recorded an album reflecting that.

On Twisted Angel (October 1) Rimes lets only a hint of country creep

in to the 13 tracks, four of which were co-written by the Grammy-winning

singer, who was named Best New Artist in 1996.

Rimes also executive produced the album, which features production work from

Desmond Child (Ricky Martin), Pete Amato (Baha Men) and Gregg Pagani (3LW),

according to her spokesperson.

The singer co-wrote the first single, "Life Goes On," with Child and Andres

Carlsson, and filmed a video it with director Matthew Rolston (Madonna,

Jennifer Lopez) in New Orleans last week.

Perhaps the greatest departure on Twisted Angel, Rimes' eighth studio

album, is "Tic Toc," which finds her singing about her sexual desires over a

techno-influenced beat.

On "Wound Up," which she co-wrote, Rimes sings about a young girl under

pressure to be perfect, and on "No Way Out," she explores the fishbowl

existence that comes with fame, her spokesperson said.

Twisted Angel is Rimes' first album since resolving a contract

dispute with Curb Records a few months ago (see "Courtney Love, Don Henley, LeAnn Rimes Testify On Artists'


Although she hasn't released an album of new material since 1999, Rimes'

"Can't Fight the Moonlight" from the "Coyote Ugly" soundtrack has been on

the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 100 straight weeks.