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Reba McEntire

All The Women I Am – 2010 (Big Machine)

Reviewed by Andrew Greenhalgh

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The hope of any budding artist is to be able to cut a record that justifies having the chance to do it again let alone be launching their 34th release yet, but that's just what Reba McEntire's up to with "All The Women I Am." Continuing to tap into her girl power within, the redhead delivers more of her signature sass and sound, consistently peppered with power and poignancy.

Nashville hitmaker Dann Huff is at the production wheel, and his influence is felt from the get-go with the rocking opener, Turn On The Radio, which is tailor-made for radio. The Keith Urban flavored The Bridge You Burn is also radio-made with its persistent banjo and tale of walking away. When Love Gets A Hold Of You delivers mid-tempo toe tapping and heartwarming lyrics while Somebody's Chelsea is out for tears on the only tune McEntire herself shares songwriting credits on.

The moody minor chord vibe of The Day She Got Divorced is full on country in lyric, delivering tales of aching and cheating hearts as A Little Want To stands as Reba's motivational jam, encouraging listeners with a lyric that says: "You got to have a little want to/Inside of you/ That goes a long, long way/ A little nothing I can't do...Attitude/No matter what folks say/Well big dreams do come true."

If I Were A Boy is a slow builder with a tale of heartsick love and stands as a highlight as does the title track, a sure radio single. All The Women I Am is signature Reba, even backed by a horn section, which lets her bite off lyrics with aplomb and cheek worthy of her stature. It's a great song that serves as an anchor to an even greater album.