Reba McEntire is versatile, indeed. She has appeared on Broadway, in films and on TV.
Reba McEntire is versatile, indeed. She has appeared on Broadway, in films and on TV. On this, her first studio album in four years, she remains a masterful recording artist. Veteran producers Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson play to her many strengths, from the slickly produced, steady build of "Secret" to the country soul of "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain." The softly percolating "My Sister" will go over big, and tasteful steel licks and magnificent vocals make "If I Had Any Sense Left at All" a neo-classic. McEntire brings just the right touch of drama to the sad "Moving Oleta," and she spices up the gospel-tinged "Love Revival" and "Sky Full of Angels." The title cut is the kind of empowerment ballad the artist has owned for years. A track like "It Just Has to Be That Way," a duet with Vince Gill, is a breakup blockbuster. In all, this is a winning and welcome return.—RW