McEntire, Yoakam release
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
– Two country veterans - Reba McEntire and Dwight Yoakam - are out with new albums today.
For McEntire, "Love Somebody" marks her debut as the flagship artist of the Nash Icon label, which is part of Big Machine. McEntire co-produced the disc with Tony Brown, James Stroud and Doug Sisemore and covers familiar territory about women and relationships. The first single is "Going Out Like That."
Yoakam is one of the few traditional country singers out there and returns with "Second Hand Heart," his first release since 2012's "3 Pears." Yoakam mixes it up between honky tonk, rockabilly and other sounds.
It's so good to hear Reba McEntire's gospel album so soon after Carrie Underwood released the similar "My Savior." While Underwood's release may have been her country-ist album – ever, perhaps – McEntire has strayed far less often from her traditional music roots. With "My Chains Are Gone," McEntire gives us a selection of songs she – like Underwood – grew up singing. Therefore, she knows them all like the back of her hand, the way ...
The beauty of Reba McEntire's albums flows from her way with a phrase, knowing when to modulate to carry us deeper into sadness or joy and when to pull back when she wants us to listen quietly to the lessons of a tear falling. Her songs can also urge us to scamper across the dance floor to twin fiddles, celebrating the exhilarating freedom of the moment or the satisfaction of breakup from a messy relationship. This album follows the end of McEntire's marriage to her manager. ...
Reba McEntire's "My Kind of Christmas," is essentially the same album, with the same title, she released a while back through Cracker Barrel. The project is mostly comprised of the country Wonder Woman's strong singing voice, backed by acoustic piano. The new wrinkle in this expanded edition, though, is a bevy of guest vocalists. These guest spots are so good, it's worth the extra bucks to get the full package.
Reba is joined by the dynamic husband and wife team, Vince ...