Reba Duets Reviews

Reba Duets

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Superstar Reba McEntire blends voices with some of music’s hottest stars from various genres to deliver an album of 11 incredible duets. Guest performances include Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn), Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood. This collection is Reba’s 31st release on MCA Records Nashville. She has achieved 33 #1 hits, won 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 7 Country Music Association Awards and 2 Grammy’s. Country music queen Reba McEntire sounds like she feels at home with a variety of big-name artists, who wisely adapt to her style rather than making her stretch to accommodate them. Perhaps the biggest surprise is her duet with Justin Timberlake on “The Only Promise That Remains,” which he wrote for her as an acoustic ballad far removed from most of the music he makes on his own. The power balladry of “Because of You” receives the full diva treatment in its teaming of McEntire with Kelly Clarkson, while Carole King adds some pop buoyancy to “Everyday People” (not the Sly and the Family Stone classic). LeAnn Rimes pays trans-generational homage with opener “When You Love Someone Like That” (which also closes Rimes’ recent Family as a bonus cut). “Does the Wind Still Blow in Oklahoma,” a duet with Ronnie Dunn, finds the pair writing as well as singing together, and Vince Gill offers his “These Broken Hearts” for the duet treatment. Faith Hill and Reba wring high drama from “Sleeping with the Telephone,” which humanizes the war from the perspective of a soldier’s wife whose husband is overseas. –Don McLeese

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2 Responses to Reba Duets Reviews

  • Amanda Richards says:
    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Reba & Friends deliver the goods, November 11, 2007
    By 
    Amanda Richards (Georgetown, Guyana) –
    (VINE VOICE)
      
    (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: Reba Duets (Audio CD)
    If you are a fan of Reba McEntire, or country music, or country-pop music, or if you just like good music, or know someone who does, then you should buy this album immediately.

    Like, right now.

    I mean it!

    The first single from this album will knock your socks off. “Because of You” is a remake of the Kelly Clarkson hit from her album Breakaway, and of course Clarkson joins Reba both for the single, and for the video, which will also keep those socks flying. I think the video is one of my all time favorites, so make sure you check out these two beautiful ladies in a stunning performance. (Can you tell that I really like this song?)

    For an encore, Reba teams up with Mr. Sexyback Justin Timberlake for single number two, “The Only Promise that Remains”, and even though Reba completely overpowers Justin vocally, he gets props for writing the song. Also try “When You Love Someone Like That” with LeAnn Rimes, also on her album Family; “Faith in Love” (featuring Rascal Flatts); and especially “Everyday People” (featuring Carole King)

    Other tracks feature Ronnie Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Faith Hill and Don Henley, and believe me, there’s not a stinker in the lot.

    Amanda Richards, November 11, 2007

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  • Allen Chapman says:
    24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Reba returns to form on Duets, September 18, 2007
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    Allen Chapman (STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT USA) –
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    This review is from: Reba Duets (Audio CD)
    2007 marks Reba’s 30th year as a recording artist. Over the past several albums she’s kind of been adrift but with “Duets” she’s back to her old self. The songs on here are very country sounding. Even when she’s singing with Kelly Clarkson (“Because Of You”) or Justin Timberlake (“The Only Promise That Remains”) she is still very country. Reba makes Clarkson’s “Because Of You” her own. “Every Other Weekend” with Kenny Chesney is also a standout (and I’m not a Chesney fan at all). The whole album is just great, each song has something to offer. If you’re a fan of the 80’s and early 90’s Reba, you won’t be dissappointed.

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