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On Room to Breathe, one of strongest albums of her estimable career, Reba McEntire rises to the challenge, and then some, posed by a dozen vivid songs about love and loss. Stylistically she's edging more into Wynonna's R&B turf with house wreckers such as the gospel-flavored barn burner "Love Revival," with its propulsive rhythm track and sanctified female chorus answering her forceful wails. But the most nuanced performances are saved for the introspective numbers, rich country tales all. "Once You've Learned to Be Lonely" alternately soars and grinds, with a steel guitar sending up eerie moans as McEntire erupts with a plaintive cry from deep inside a broken heart....
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On Room to Breathe, one of strongest albums of her estimable career, Reba McEntire rises to the challenge, and then some, posed by a dozen vivid songs about love and loss. Stylistically she's edging more into Wynonna's R&B turf with house wreckers such as the gospel-flavored barn burner "Love Revival," with its propulsive rhythm track and sanctified female chorus answering her forceful wails. But the most nuanced performances are saved for the introspective numbers, rich country tales all. "Once You've Learned to Be Lonely" alternately soars and grinds, with a steel guitar sending up eerie moans as McEntire erupts with a plaintive cry from deep inside a broken heart. A booming band, supplemented by a soft, rising wash of synths and serpentine steel lines, sets the dramatic backdrop for "If I Had Any Sense At All," as McEntire bemoans "the darkness reaching in" as a love affair fades out -- everywhere but in her own heart. On an upbeat note, a vibrant, funky groove establishes the celebratory mood for "My Sister," a valentine to a beloved sibling that is intimate in its reflections and heartfelt in its sincere expression of familial bonding. The masterpiece here -- and it is that -- is "Moving Oleta," which whispers and roars in observing the wrenching details of an elderly couple's struggles with declining health and diminished capacity, and the power of love in keeping the bond between them strong nonetheless. McEntire digs in, and whether she's sending up a howling protest or softly drawling the key lyric, "Love is a hard, hard road," she makes a deeply felt point as only Reba McEntire can. Room to Breathe has the ring of truth about it, and that's hard to come by.
All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
Four years seems to have done Reba McEntire some good. On her first studio album in four years, she resurrects her passion for country music that seemed to have been missing on her previous album. She sings all 12 tracks like she's happy to be home in country music. From the longing of "My Sister" to the soulfulness of the title track, McEntire reminds listeners why they missed her. She's always good for the affecting story-songs and doesn't disappoint with "Moving Oleta" and "Somebody." And what's a Reba album without the lovely Linda Davis on background harmony vocals or a duet with country music faithful Vince Gill? Think 1992's "The Heart Won't Lie." You'll find many of the old staples here, but you'll also get a revitalized and cool-sounding Reba.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008817038520
  • Catalog Number: 000045102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Reba McEntire Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Background Vocals, Harmony
Linda Davis Vocals, Background Vocals, Harmony
Bob Bailey Background Vocals
Gary Prim Keyboards
Curtis Wright Background Vocals, Harmony
Chip Davis Background Vocals, Harmony
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Kim Fleming Background Vocals
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Gregg Galbraith Electric Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Vince Gill Vocals
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
John Hobbs Synthesizer, Piano
Rob Ickes Dobro
Marabeth Jordan Background Vocals, Harmony
Jakob Jorgensen Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Paul Leim Percussion, Drums
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Randy McCormick Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Nathan Piano
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals, Harmony
Larry Paxton Bass Guitar
Dan Tyminski Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Harmony
Bergen White Background Vocals, Harmony
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals, Harmony
Sonya Isaacs Background Vocals, Harmony
David Talbot Banjo
Dan Huff Electric Guitar
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Reba McEntire Producer, Liner Notes
Phil Collins Composer
Lisa Stewart Composer
Lisa Brokop Composer
Buddy Cannon Producer
Hank Cochran Composer
Barry Dean Composer
Vince Gill Duet
Marc Harris Composer
Red Lane Composer
Mark Mancina Composer
Larry Paxton Arranger
Melissa Pierce Composer
Billy Sherrill Engineer
Sharon Vaughn Composer
Philip White Composer
Kristin Wilkinson Arranger
Norro Wilson Producer
Bonnie Baker Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Tony Castle Engineer
Vicky McGehee Composer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Annie Tate Composer
Sam Tate Composer
Dale Dodson Composer
Dave Berg Composer
Steven Dale Jones Composer
Roxie Dean Composer
Rob Harbin Composer
Anthony Smith Composer
Amy Dalley Composer
Clayton Mills Composer
Bethany Newman Art Direction
Candy Cameron Composer
Liz Hengber Composer
James Dean Hicks Composer
Burton Collins Composer
D. Vincent Williams Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reba at her best

    This is most definitely one of my favorite Reba albums, though it's VERY hard to choose! I've been a Reba fan since about age 3 and she gets better as time goes by. Her music never gets old! Keep up the good work girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Reba Fan

    I could not wait to get this cd. I have been a Reba fan since I was a little girl, and I'm 18 now. I have always loved her. She gained more popularity these past couple of years with her broadway show and television show, but she's still the Queen of Country Music today. The song I find most touching is Moving Oleta, it's about a man who's forced to send his wife to a nursing home because he can no longer care for her. Another fav is the duet w/ Vince Gill. It Just Has To Be This Way is remarkable. I recommend this cd to anyone!

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