Singer LeAnn Rimes bares 'emotional truth' on new album

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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - No subject is taboo for country singer LeAnn Rimes as she digs deep into her soul on her new album "Spitfire."

The 30-year-old Grammy Award winner and former child star who had a hit song at age 13, said she wrote the deepest lyrics she has ever written on the album.

Some of the songs are about her relationship with husband, actor Eddie Cibrian. Their affair, which began more than four years ago while they were both married to other people, caused a scandal that was played out in tabloid magazines.

Other songs are about dealing with difficult times.

"There is every emotion a human being could experience on this record. I'm most proud that I can evoke these emotions in everyone," Rimes told Reuters.

"After 20 years of making music, it's a completely different place to be singing and writing from," she said. "These songs are my emotional truth."

In the title track, Rimes suggests if she could "untie" her tongue she would "use it like a whip, and watch you run," and refuses to get stuck in the "muck and mire" of "a dirty little liar." she writes: "You make me want to spit fire."

In "What Have I Done," with harmonies provided by bluegrass great Alison Krauss, a woman wonders what she has done and asks for understanding from her "first love, but not her last."   Continued...

Singer LeAnn Rimes arrives at the 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, November 9, 2011. REUTERS/Harrison McClary