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Reba McEntire
"My Kind Of Country"

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Year of Release: 1984

track listing
  • How Blue
  • That's What He Said
  • I Want To Hear It From You
  • It's Not Over (If I'm
    Not Over You)
  • Somebody Should Leave
  • Everything But My Heart
  • Don't You Believe Him
  • Before I Met You
  • He's Only Everything
  • You've Got Me (Right
    Where You Want Me)

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    Reba McEntire
    "My Kind Of Country"

    Reba McEntire is one of many well-known Country artists dominating the music scene today. Her 1984 release, My Kind Of Country has a title that says it all: It can be anyone's Country, who appreciates Country Music. The original Country sound of the 1970s is definitely here. With the common blend of Rock and Country heard today, it's kind of hard to decide whether a Country song is really Country, or is it Rock? Even though a somewhat Country sound is heard, Country Music to me is having a sound of the very early years, like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard. Reba McEntire's My Kind Of Country definitely has the traditional, original Country sound.

    What makes this album so original to the Country of many years past, is that not only does it have the original Country sound, it reminds me very much of Patsy Cline's music. The first three songs, How Blue, That's What He Said, and I Want To Hear It From You all have the steel-guitar, an instrument famous in early Country songs. It also features violins, also another famous early-Country instrument.

    The ballad It's Not Over (If I'm Not Over You) has the typical 1980s Country sound, and so does the piano-driven ballad Somebody Should Leave. Another ballad, Everything But My Heart has a more pop-country sound.

    We return to the traditional old-fashioned country sound (as heard in the first three songs) with the next two songs, Don't You Believe Him, and Before I Met You. The guitars (whether they'd be the standard electric, or steel) truly makes these songs in what we call old-fashioned Country. The violin in Before I Met You makes this one an old-fashioned Country song in sound.

    As heard in the previous ballads, the last two songs He's Only Everything and You've Got Me (Right Where You Want Me) are typical 1980s Country ballads, compared in sound to The Judds.

    Other than Patsy Cline, another Country artist is compared to this album, and that is 1970s/1980s favorite Dolly Parton. What makes My Kind Of Country an enjoyable album is that it combines the old and new sounds of Country music. Instruments such as the steel guitar and violins are not used as much by other well-known Country artists today, but it's just great to hear an album such as this one by Reba McEntire, in hearing the old country music, the way it used to be.

    For the true Country fan who enjoys the much older Country sound, My Kind Of Country is well worth listening to. Country music today is also enjoyable, but there is nothing compared in hearing that old-traditional Country sound.

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