Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Pop
Two things hit you while listening to this two-disc, 35-song collection. First: Reba McEntire, one of country's most twangy, yet recognizable and singular voices, has consistently chosen material that captures life's drama... more »
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Two things hit you while listening to this two-disc, 35-song collection. First: Reba McEntire, one of country's most twangy, yet recognizable and singular voices, has consistently chosen material that captures life's dramatic moments of consequence, whether it's the decision to leave a romantic coupling, face up to a failed relationship with a parent, or handle the passing of a loved one. And second: in the course of her 23-year career, several of her 33 #1 hits slipped up to the top of the charts virtually unnoticed, and seem hardly memorable today (e.g., "I Know How He Feels"). Yet the best of her work ("Whoever's in New England," "Rumor Has It") remains as emotionally resonant today as when it first appeared. Not only a fine singer, however, McEntire picked up the mantle of woman-to-woman songs first carried by Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Long before Martina McBride began singing songs of social relevance, McEntire had been encouraging and empowering women to change their lives--to look beyond their roles as dutiful wives and mothers ("Is There Life Out There")--if perhaps more subtly than McBride. Reba #1's contains two new tunes: "You're Gonna Be," a mother's loving lessons for her child; and "Love Needs a Holiday," which recounts a married couple's much-needed motel getaway. The latter sounds like it could be the theme song to a spin-off of McEntire's TV sitcom, but the former, much like her most-loved songs, comes packed with wisdom for anyone attempting to navigate the unsettling storms of life. --Alanna Nash
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Reba?s best 1982 ? present
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 11/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With three ?Greatest Hits? albums already in circulation, you?d think you?ve heard it all, but shoot ? this double album?s got 35 songs, including Reba?s hits from 1982 to 2003, then adds two new tracks to sweeten the deal.
Each disc starts with a new song - ?You?re Gonna Be? on disc one, and ?Love Needs a Holiday? on disc two. The first song talks of a parent/child relationship, and the second the need to get away from the grind every now and again.
This album includes the best tracks from ?Unlimited? (1982), ?My Kind of Country? (1984), ?Whoever?s in New England? (1986), ?What Am I Gonna Do About You? (1986), ?The Last One To Know? (1987), ?Reba? (1988), ?Sweet Sixteen? (1989), ?Rumor Has It? (1990), ?For My Broken Heart? (1991), ?It?s Your Call? (1992), ?Greatest Hits Vol 2? (1993), ?Read My Mind? (1994), ?Starting Over? (1995), ?What If It?s You? (1996), ?If You See Him? (1998), ?So Good Together? (1999), ?Greatest Hits Vol 3 -I?m a Survivor? (2001) and ?Room to Breathe? (2003).
As you can see, this dependable gal not only sings great lovin? and leavin? country music, but is pretty prolific too. This would be a perfect choice for any country music fan on your list, and it comes just in time for Christmas too. At this low price for a double album, there?s no way you can go wrong.
Amanda Richards, November 27, 2005
The best reba collection yet
Jake Z | Canada | 11/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Reba hit #1 last year with "Somebody", exactly 22 years after her first #1 "Can't Even Get The Blues". This collection celebrates her #1 hits, and other big hits. Only 22 of the 33 hits here hit #1, which is still an impressive feat. The other songs were near misses to the #1 slot. There are two new songs, including the moving ballad "You're Gonna Be" about a mother's love for her child, and the uptempo "Love Needs a Holiday". Reba has built a career around singing songs about survival, heartbreak, loss, and other themes that touch on emotions. These songs show that range. Overall the best collection for Reba yet...and a must have for any music collection."
Exceptional Artist, Exceptional Career and Exceptional Value
C. Crooks | Salt Lake City | 11/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This amazing album represents the best of an amazing career which spans more than 30 years. It is an exceptional value because you receive almost 3 hours of music for the price of one disc.
It will take you on a trek through three decades of one country music. Not only do you see how Reba has progressed and changed, you also get a glimpse of the progression of country music. Reba may not be the mainstay of country music that she once was, but she will go down as one of the most influential artist in the genres history.
This disc is full of memorable songs, that you may not have heard in quite some time, but will transform you to another place in time. It is worth the price, by far, and would be a welcomed gift to any country music fan, even if they have not purchased any of her recent efforts, or even if they have never purchased one of her albums.