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My Kind of Country
Genres: Country, Pop
After eight lackluster years on Mercury, Reba McEntire signed with MCA in the early 1980s and good things soon started happening. With this spirited retro country-honky-tonk-Western swing album, she boldly laid claim to he... more »
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After eight lackluster years on Mercury, Reba McEntire signed with MCA in the early 1980s and good things soon started happening. With this spirited retro country-honky-tonk-Western swing album, she boldly laid claim to her Oklahoma musical heritage. She also placed herself at the forefront of the "new traditionalist" movement that was starting to gather steam in Nashville at the time. Many of the songs on My Kind of Country are thrilling steel- and fiddle-adorned remakes of oldies by Ray Price, Carl Smith, Faron Young, and Connie Smith. The immense critical acclaim that My Kind of Country garnered quickly catapulted McEntire through the ranks of the also-rans and finally made her a viable contender for stardom. --Bob Allen
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Reba's first landmark album
firstname.lastname@example.org | Salt Lake City, UT | 07/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Contemporary country fans BEWARE....this is country as it was meant to be. My Kind of Country is still considered one of the ground breaking albums in country music. At the height of pop-country when Barbara Mandrell and Dolly Parton dominated the charts with cross-over hits, a little known artist who had been around for over 6 years recording music decided she was finally going to do things her way....and this album is the result. Containing the #1 hits "How Blue," and "Somebody Should Leave," this album garnered Reba her first Female Vocalist of the Year Award, a nomination for Album of the Year, an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry, and national recognition. Radio and fans alike were delighted to here someone returning to true country music. Joined by George Strait and Randy Travis, Reba led the neo-traditionalist movement of the 80's and began to set the standard for all other female artists who were following in her footsteps. From western swing to heartwrenching ballads, this album is a true masterpiece and will be remembered for years to come as the definitive neo-traditionalist country album."
Back to the old days
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 03/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Reba's last official Mercury album, Behind the scene, was more traditional than its predecessors but her first MCA album, the brilliant but often overlooked Just a little love, had more of a pop-country sound to it. So, this album came as something of a surprise, with its ultra-traditional sound reinforced by the cover picture showing Reba set against a mountainous background - something that pop-country fans would instinctively steer clear of unless they also like traditional country. The album includes a mix of oldies and originals. The oldies include songs that were originally recorded by Connie Smith, Faron Yong and Ray Price but none of them are all that well known. Before I met you is the one most likely to be recognized by traditional country fans, having been recorded by several country stars including Charley Pride. Porter and Dolly did an excellent duet version of the song.As with Just a little love, only two singles were released from the album, these being How blue and Somebody should leave. To the delight of all traditional country fans, they both reached number one on the country charts, thus allowing Reba to continue recording this kind of music. Have I got a deal for you, Merry Christmas to you and The last one to know followed in a similar style.The instruments used include steel guitar, dobro, bass, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards and fiddle - no surprises there, but two drummers are credited. On this album, you have to listen hard to hear either of them.If you enjoy hearing Reba sing traditional country with plenty of fiddles and steel, this is for you."