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Reba Duets

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An album by Reba McEntire

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 … see full wiki

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Reba's "Duets"

  • Sep 17, 2007
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This is a good cd with minor flaws that, for me as a listener, hold it back from being a true five-star hit. The good thing about this cd is that unlike her past cds of the mid 90s and the 2000s, this is a true country genre cd. Don't be fooled (or scared off) by her duets with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Timberlake who both stick out among the line-up of these country stars. You barely recognize the "SexyBack" singer on "The Only Promise That Remains" which, for me, was one of the stand-out tracks because of the mood it sets and Reba's vocals paired with a much more subtle and serious-sounding Justin Timberlake.

Other stand-out tracks are "When You Love Someone Like That" featuring LeAnn Rimes, "Faith in Love" featuring Rascall Flatts and "Break Each Other's Hearts Again" featuring Don Henley. There's nothing wrong or bad about the other duets but for me as a listener, they all blend and clash with one another for dominance. One of the weaknesses of "Duets" is that where Reba McEntire seemed ready and willing to experiment with her sound in previous albums, it feels as if she's trying hard to pull-off a "country" album. I felt the subject matter of the songs were all very similar as well. They felt like they were either love-ballad types or motivational, such as the Carole King "Everyday People" duet. There's nothing truly ground-breaking or in her country-pop formula found in songs and hits like "Fancy". The mood seems rather somber and tame and I think it'd have been a stronger effort had there been more variety, whether in song types, subject or tempo.

With that flaw that keeps it from being a true "hit", 'Duets' still manages to out-perform and entertain compared to much music that's out there and released today. In all her years in the music business, Reba hasn't lost her edge and manages to keep her finger on the pulse of music. I enjoy "Duets" because she does seem to take a risk by not going for the country-pop formula that she has in later years but for a more traditional country sound that makes you feel as if these duets could have been found on releases dating back to the start of her career in 1977. Definitely recommended and worth a purchase.

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December 17, 2010
Great review! Have you checked out the Country Music Tattle Tale Community? I bet they would LOVE this review :p
 
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Label: MCA Nashville
Artist: Reba McEntire
Release Date: September 18, 2007

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