What can be said about this long waited for album that Rimes promised back in 2012? Well it is not 100% disappointing but it probably not garner well with other music critics.
The album consist of 11 new songs, with 8 co-written by Rimes herself and 9 written by Family co-writer Darrell Brown. The album consist of some surprising songs, well language not previously heard by the once acclaimed America's Sweetheart. The great thing about the album is that is pure country from beginning to end, showing that Rimes has decided to step out of the pop music she did in the previous years of her career.
The first song on the album, the title track, "Spitfire", is a great song and would garner well as a single from the album if Rimes chose to release it as one. The second song, "What Have I Done", was released as a single to iTunes back in November 2012, is an apology song to Rimes' ex-husband and co-writer of "God Takes Care of Your Kind", featured on the album, Dean Sheremet, of whom she had cheated on with current husband and actor, Eddie Cibrian. The song is not bad though I am glad she shows some remorse for the pain she caused Sheremet. The next song, "Gasoline and Matches", featuring Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck on guitar, is a semi-country/rock song but is not a bad little song.
The third song on the album, and second single released in December 2012, is "Borrowed", the song talks of Rimes' affair with Cibrian, and the question she had during the affair, talking about how she never wanted "to give" him back and how he was "the best" she'll "ever have" but how she must cause he is "borrowed", as Cibrian was also married at the time. Not a very approving song but not far from the topic of which country music, which is cheating as mentioned in "I Do Now" which mentions Hank Williams' "You're Cheatin' Heart". "You Ain't Right" is pure country and really sounds awesome. "Where I Stood" is a country ballad. "You've Ruined Me" is a country-rock sound similar to that of Carrie Underwood's song, "Blown Away". "Bottle" is another pure country song on the album. "A Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind" is another country ballad on the album. "Just a Girl Like You" sounds much that of Sugarland's "Everyday America". "God Takes Care of Your Kind" is an odd country-rock song to include on the album. The final song on the album "Who We Really Are" is the a country ballad as well. Some fans are in for a surprise though particularly those who are a fan of Taylor Swift as Rimes has collaborated with Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose both of whom have worked with Taylor Swift, who has admitted to being a fan of Rimes'.
All and all, as said before, a pure country album with a bit of rock mixed in. It looks doubtful that Rimes may make a comeback with the album seeming a bit hypocritical in ways but it is not bad.