Rimes Reviewed

LeAnn Rimes’ sixth album, I Need You, finds the 18-year-old singer moving closer to completing her transformation from country crooner to pop diva. No longer the second coming of Patsy Cline, Rimes drops her yodel in favor of a sleek, cosmopolitan sound. It’s hard to imagine that the singer on I Need You once blended voices with Eddy Arnold on “Cattle Call.” Since most of the new material has no trace of country style, Rimes’ country fans may feel deserted.