Reba McEntire - What If It's You
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What If It's You (MCA, 1996)

Reba McEntire

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

After last year's desultory "Starting Over," Reba McEntire revisits her upfront vocal style of music, and for the most part, it works. The emphasis is on the vocals, and Reba, of course, is a powerhouse on songs typically dealing with heartbreak. That is evident from the lead-off "How Was I to Know" in which she sings about being "Swept up inside a whirlwind/I just couldn't see the end till you were gone." This is trademark Reba where she bares her soul without oversinging.

The sadness continues with the current single "The Fear of Being Alone," more glossy sounding and musically upbeat. But there is often a reserved quality to the music, less emphasis on the glitz with many acoustic guitars and laid-back songs ("What If It's You" and "Close to Crazy," co-written by Melba Montgomery).

Reba co-produced with long-standing engineer John Guess and used her touring band, both welcome changes. A few lyrical clunkers exist ("I'd Rather Ride Around With You") where the lyrics don't quite match the music, making for awkward phrasing. That aside, this is really starting over.

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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