Reba McEntire - So Good Together
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So Good Together (MCA, 1999)

Reba McEntire

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

After two decades plus in the business, Reba McEntire has apparently about said it all musically. Bottom line: her latest has nothing new. That's evident from the heavy handed opener, "We're So Good Together," with its emphasis on the pop, tangentially country sound of big drums and guitars.

McEntire restrains herself on the following "Til I Said It To You," far more tender, but nothing out the ordinary. That about sums up the album. McEntire has a fine, strong, clear voice. She holds notes well, but there is so precious little to get excited about ("I'm Not Your Girl" is a particular snoozer). And, of course, it's barely country, ending with Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone."

The backing musicians sound uninspired, playing with little enthusiasm and very predictably (strings, for example, the break-up song "Back Before the War"). Apparently four different production teams could not light a fire under them. It's as if McEntire has entered the coasting zone of her career, hitting the pop button and is happy with that. Unfortunately for McEntire, that doesn't make for a good album.

CDs by Reba McEntire

My Chains Are Gone, 2022 Stronger Than the Truth, 2019 My Kind of Christmas (expanded version), 2017 Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, 2017 My Kind of Christmas, 2016 Love Somebody, 2015 All The Women I Am, 2010 Keep on Loving You, 2009 50 Greatest Hits, 2008 Love Revival, 2008 Reba Duets, 2007 Reba #1's, 2005

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