Keep on Loving You

Keep on Loving You

4.7 17
by Reba McEntire
     
 
Keep on Loving You is contemporary country legend Reba McEntire's debut recording on the semi-independent Valory Music Company label's Starstruck imprint. It's her first new studio outing since her comeback effort, Duets, and her mammoth triple-disc hits package that fulfilled her contract to MCA Nashville, her label home for

Overview

Keep on Loving You is contemporary country legend Reba McEntire's debut recording on the semi-independent Valory Music Company label's Starstruck imprint. It's her first new studio outing since her comeback effort, Duets, and her mammoth triple-disc hits package that fulfilled her contract to MCA Nashville, her label home for nearly 20 years. Despite its release on an indie, the production and approach are anything but, with the album being produced by Tony Brown and Mark Bright. The cream of country music's current chart crop wrote its 13 songs; it is certainly a radio-friendly collection that is supposed to showcase McEntire's adaptability and that she's still "got it," and can still score in the contemporary marketplace. There's no doubt that will happen, from the title track, a midtempo ballad that is saturated in compressed guitars and Hammond B-3, big repetitive choruses, and a chorus of fiddles and backing vocals. McEntire's voice hasn't lost even a touch of its range and power; she's a belter who can hang with the best of them. The set opener (and its first single), "Strange," with its acoustic guitars, mandolin, and fiddle intros, is like something from the backyard until about 20 seconds in, when a wall of guitars à la John Rich arrives and her vocal spits out lyrics that tell of a woman who feels strange that she should be wrecked after a love affair, but she's fine. It feels more like Gretchen Wilson than Reba McEntire. "I Want a Cowboy" and "Pink Guitar" sound more like McEntire is being backed by the Charlie Daniels Band circa 1979 than her own touring unit. "She's Turning 50 Today" is a trademark McEntire-delivered ballad about a woman who has been abandoned by her husband and decides to leave the wreckage of her life behind. It's the kind of bittersweet power ballad that the singer is famous for, and is delivered with characteristic aplomb even as the production behind her tries its hardest to get in the way. The bottom line here is that Keep on Loving You may jar some longtime Reba fans on first listen, but despite the record's sound it's all her in this mix, and they will more than likely celebrate this. As far as the new fans this set clearly hopes to gain, it's got the right elements; if country music's finicky youth-obsessed radio and video machine can hear this set for what it is, listeners will connect in droves.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
Label:
Valory
UPC:
0843930002344
catalogNumber:
3000234
Rank:
41464

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reba McEntire   Primary Artist
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Matt Rollings   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Judson Spence   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Charles Judge   Strings,Keyboards
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Brian Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Glenn Worf   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Jason Sellers   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Katrina Elam   Background Vocals
Tom Bukavac   Electric Guitar
Jennifer Wrinkle   Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Reba McEntire   Composer,Producer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Tony Brown   Producer
Steve Diamond   Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Composer
Mark Bright   Producer
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Kim Fox   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
James Slater   Composer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Shaye Smith   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Georgia Middleman   Composer
Jamie O'Neal   Composer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Katrina Elam   Composer
Liz Hengber   Composer
Trey Fanjoy   Director
Ed Hill   Composer
Whitney Sutton   Copy Coordination
Jimmy Melton   Composer
Marv Green   Composer

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Keep on Loving You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
sandismom More than 1 year ago
review from previewing CD. Reba has outdone herself. I Highly recommend this CD to anybody. The music is awesome. I bet it goes Gold on preorders alone.
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hagar9914 More than 1 year ago
To anyone who loves Reba and for those who don't. This is a must have to add to your collection. This CD has a great mix of upbeat songs and soft heartfelt songs. You will want to listen to it over and over again. Enjoy.
brianaCA More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. This is her first CD that she has out by herself in about 4 years. Reba's Duets was with a bunch of others. I listen to this at least a couple of times a week. I do not think that I can even say I have a favorite song. I must say that I really do like "Strange". I also like the fact that the CD comes with the words to all the songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best reba yet!! A must have!
JeanneMT More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD. I've always been fan of Reba and have loved most of her music. I'm not a singer but I love to sing along with my music. Reba's music makes you want to learn the words so that you can sing along with her. She always has such a variety of songs... silly ones like "I want a cowboy"... ones that touch a mother like "Maggie Creek Road" and the love songs like "I keep on loving you". She is truly a great artist.
Ilovekyle17 More than 1 year ago
I bought these cd for a friend for christmas & she going love it.
mikeinpsca More than 1 year ago
What an amazing CD. So many times I'll buy a CD with maybe 4 songs that I really like... This CD "Keep on Loving You" on the other hand is in it's own league. 100% great. Now to be able to ever meet Reba... well that would be the most amazing thing in my life.... Great Great Great.
elijahsdad08 More than 1 year ago
With newcombers like taylor swift and carrie underwood dominating the charts, it feels good to see Reba claiming her crown as the queen of country music. While I have been a huge fan since I was a kid, this album came as a shock. The music is geared to compete with pop crossovers like twai, swift, and underwood and clearly Reba was influenced by her tour with Kelly Clarkson. That said...it works and works well. I not only liked this new Reba, I loved this new Reba. The songs on here are great, especially "Eight Crazy hours" and "Maggie Creek Road", which could end up right next to "Fancy" and "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia."
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