Reba McEntire – “Turn On the Radio”

Blake Boldt | July 12th, 2010

Reba McEntire“Turn on the Radio,” the first single from Reba McEntire’s upcoming 26th studio album, is a clumsy grasp at mainstream popularity from one of country music’s grand dames. Is she, perhaps, scared of losing her place at country radio after her rich success of the last year? It seems so.

On her most recent release, last August’s I Keep on Loving You, McEntire delivered a patchwork of songs that were largely targeted at a younger, hipper audience. Maybe that’s why, despite her advancing age, she’s remained a viable hitmaker in the face of eroding record sales. Her music has retained an element of freshness for the youthful contingent that makes up a majority of the buying public.

“Radio,” though, is a warmed-over Shania knockoff that sounds cheesy even for the delightfully goofy redhead. The first verse, with its mentions of a cheating cad, rely on little more than played-out cliches. The second verse, with its mentions of Twitter and texting, are an awkward fit for the multimedia icon. It all seems like a timid attempt at staying relevant for the feisty superstar.

Her best songs have shown a connection to traditional country while moving the needle forward towards a new, accessible sound. The gaudy pop-country she’s pushed lately doesn’t wear as well, and the crowded arrangement on “Radio” strips her of all her winning personality.

In her thirty-year career, McEntire has excelled at making conflict sound so compelling. While she often avoids the vocal theatrics that plague other singers, she’s never able to impose her will on a song that’s beneath her gifts. When she’s forced to shout over a hard-driving synth line, the magic in her twangy alto is lost. Turn on this “Radio” and hear a legend who’s failing to build on her outstanding legacy.

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  1. Thomas
    July 12, 2010 at 9:56 am

    …the song doesn’t do much for me either, but i wouldn’t blame reba for experimenting a little at this stage of her career. the whole thing sounds a little forced, but not terribly dreadful.

  2. Lewis
    July 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Looks like Blake is going to give thumbs down for every song for the rest of the year. You want to bet that he does?

    Seems that Blake loves the “Thumbs Down” feature doesn’t he since Jim Malec left the 9513.

  3. code
    July 12, 2010 at 10:04 am

    i actually really like the song, and now adays you have too adapt with the times, youre a hippicrit, ur the same guy hu SLAMMED dolly parton’s shinola,calling it too old timey

    you gave strange a thumbs up, where did it ened up it failed at #11

    you gave consider me gone a thumbs down. and it became the biggest hit of her CAREER!!and a minor top 40 crossover hit

    you gave i keep on lovin you a thumbs up, and it bearly got into the top 10

    so ill think ill stop reading your reviews, and use my brain to judge her songs, this song is really gud in my opinion

  4. Paul W Dennis
    July 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

    This is a mediocre effort on Reba’s part – I would call it a sideways thumb, but certainly not an upward turned thumb

  5. Joe
    July 12, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I actually think you hit the nail right on the head, Blake. This song is a debacle, and this is coming from a lifelong fan of Reba’s. I actually cringed when I did ‘turn on the radio’ and heard this song.

    Why on earth she didn’t release the stelar “Maggie Creek Road” still remains a mystery.

    Here’s to hoping (sadly, with not much expectation) that the album will be somewhat less of a mess.

  6. klark
    July 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

    wait, Jim Malec left the 9513?

    As for the song, urg.. frustrating.

  7. Lewis
    July 12, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Blake slammed Reba in a whole bunch of ways in his review of her song and in doing so going back to her last single to further bash her for it.

    Some examples of Blake’s bias:

    “despite her advanced age”

    George Strait is older than Reba and he still puts out good songs. What have you got against older people in country music?

    “the gaudy-pop country she’s pushed lately”

    I don’t believe that Consider Me Gone and I Keep On Loving You were gaudy pop country songs. But Blake hasn’t listened to much of anything lately hasn’t he? He has been too busy giving “THUMBS DOWN” to every artist except to people who he really likes.

    “Turn on the Radio” is a clumsy grasp at mainstream popularity.”

    I don’t think that it is. Dolly Parton has done it as has a lot of people and to call Reba clumsy is a total insult.

    “She’s remained a viable hitmaker”

    Indeed she has, the oldest solo female to have a #1 record and with her spending 4 weeks at #1 at that for “Consider Me Gone”.

    “going after the youthful contingent”

    Care to wager a bet that a lot of older people love not only Reba but a lot of younger artists as well.

    I will give you a THUMBS DOWN for your review but at least I’m not a reviewer who is biased towards other artists who you give THUMBS DOWN moreso to THUMBS UP. And I don’t sit on the THUMBS DOWN button like you do either.

  8. Brady Vercher
    July 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Lewis, before this and the Rucker review, Blake gave four straight singles a thumbs up. Chill out.

  9. Dr. No
    July 12, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Lewis only sees what he wants to see.

  10. Greg
    July 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I’m a huge Reba fan, and I will admit the song isn’t up to Reba standards, but will admit it’s a catchy song that is fun to just drive full blast down the highway. Which I have always wanted Reba to do a song like that!

    So even if it isn’t her best song ever, it’s still a fun song, and I agree that not all songs need to be a She Thinks His Name Was John. Sometimes it’s just fun to listen to a song, and enjoy the experience.

  11. Thomas
    July 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

    …hang on! is jim malec not writing for the9513 anymore?

  12. Sheep
    July 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

    *dittos Thomas*!!!!!!!!

  13. Noeller
    July 12, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Yikes – Shania reject, is right. I mean, CU has been attempting Shania rejects for a few years now, and this might’ve even been rejected by HER. *SHUDDER*

    Bottom line, Reba’s Queen, and the Queen is capable of better. Much better.

  14. Lewis
    July 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Brady and Dr. No: Come to me when Taylor Swift starts singing traditional country songs and see how long it takes her in doing so. At least Reba doesn’t have to apologize about what she sings about or what a cranky reviewer says. At least she doesn’t sing about rain being a good thing or water or trailer parks or getting down with your boots on or praying for someone’s tires to go out or praying that you get drunk or praying your car crashes at 110 mph or singing in syllables (Un-Un-Un-Un Undo It), etc. Reba is Reba and that’s all there is to it just like Dolly is Dolly and Tammy Wynette was Tammy Wynette, etc.

  15. Noeller
    July 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    @Lewis – – and even Tammy n Dolly released their share of turds, my friend. It happens.

  16. Debbie
    July 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I love this song. I think it is updated and radio friendly. If Reba only sings ballads,then young people will tun her off. I think she does a great job of trying to please everyone.

  17. Drew
    July 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Really bad song. It’s just noise.

    And has Malec actually left the site?

  18. Dr. No
    July 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Four seconds in and I shut it off.

  19. Tim
    July 12, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Not really the best. It cutesy and fun, but not much substance is in the song. The vocals are superb as always. However, whatever happened to her releasing Maggie Creek Road??

  20. Brady Vercher
    July 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Jim started his own site called American Twang.

  21. Jon
    July 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Actually, Jim’s site is American Noise, for which American Twang is the country-oriented landing site.

    Interestingly, where his bio note for the former says that he “serves” as managing editor of The9513, which he characterizes as “the web’s premier country music blog,” his bio note for the latter says that he “served” as managing editor The9513, period. I guess we’re supposed to think that American Twang is now the “the web’s premier country music blog.”

  22. Kelly
    July 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Wow, Jon. You generally have to stretch pretty far to make any so-called point that you attempt to make here, but your predictably pointless rant against Jim’s job situation is lame, even by your insanely high standards.

    Isn’t there someone, somewhere on the internet bagging on how lame Del McCoury is that you can go bug?

  23. Jon
    July 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Ah, one of the “staff writers” at American Twang – whoops, I’m sorry, make that American Noise – weighs in. Facts is facts, Kelly; Jim called this blog here the “web’s premier country music blog” – right up until the moment that he started his own.

  24. WAYNOE
    July 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Just what the music world needs. Yet another self-anointed critic’s blog. Sheeesh.

    For Lewis, Boldt for the year is about half UP and half DOWN.

  25. Phil
    July 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Well, at least I can relate to the song…she’s basically saying what I’ve been saying for the past two years with this one song. All the artists today are too busy talking about their personal lives in their songs today so you have to relate to the artist as a person rather than the person as an artist has to relate to the listener (just turn on the radio to figure it out)…which is exactly why I turned the radio off. Looking at the overall message this song is trying to convey about today’s music in general, rather than looking at it as just another song that is about her personal dislike for some “Romeo”, is the way I interpret the song and can personally relate to it without having to relate to Reba as a person to get any feeling from the song…but rather Reba as an artist connects with me the listener.

    So this song is really not about Reba’s personal problems to tell some guy the only way he’ll hear from her is by turning on the radio…it’s about everybody else’s personal problems and how they want everybody to hear them on the radio today. Just “Turn On The Radio” and you can figure that out for yourself. At least I can. I guess it’s all in the way one interprets and listens to this song (or any song). Whether one likes the song or not is up to each person…but at least I can relate to it on a personal level without feeling manipulated to do so. You just need to look at the overall meaning of the song and the message the person as an artist is trying convey…rather than try to find the message the artist as a person is trying to convey first to get to the overall meaning of the song. Perhaps that’s why I have had a hard time relating to today’s music…but I can definitely relate to this song. Because it’s not really all about Reba and her personal problem with a guy…it’s about today’s music on the radio and how all the artists are talking about their personal problems. I think it’s pretty clever actually.

  26. Jim Malec
    July 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hi guys; Yep, as of June, I am no longer working for The 9513. I have a number of new projects that I’m building, and I also needed to free up time for the increased amount of freelance writing I’ve been doing. American Twang just launched on July 1st, and it’s just in the baby stages, but I hope you’ll read along with the site as it grows. My fiancée and I moved to Nashville in late June, so you’ll be seeing a lot of on-the-ground coverage from around Music City.

    I’d also like to thank Jon for pointing out that I forgot to update the “About” page at AmTwang. That was a really careless error on my part, and I want you all to know that I’ve now changed “serves” to “served.” I don’t know how I could have let that slip; but fortunately, Jon was there to make sure the problem was addressed.

    For what it’s worth, I still think The 9513 is the web’s premier country blog. (It’s just kinda awkward to have that phrase in my bio for another site, since I don’t work here any more.) I love The 9513 and I’m really proud of the staff here, and of the work we did (and that they’ll no doubt continue to do).

  27. Keith
    July 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    To Jim:
    It’s very sad that you have decided to leave The 9513. Although I didn’t always agree, your reviews were always the most interesting. I would like to wish you luck with your new endeavor. However, having visited the site, I would like to recommend that you alter the design. It is a little clumsy in my opinion. I do realize that it is still a work in progress, however, so I can’t be too critical.
    Once again, good bye and good luck!

  28. Rick
    July 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Well I’ve gotta say I like the name “American Twang” a whole lot better than “American Noise”, because if the music is twangy hopefully its not noise! (lol) Now The 9513 and American Twang can compete head to head for title of the best overall indie country music blog (as opposed to AOL’s The Boot and What will Jon do here at The 9513 without Jim to nitpick at? Hmm…

    This Reba song is perfectly suited for AirHead Country Radio and I think will do well on the charts. I find the production the biggest turn off as its just too “loud” and noisy like so many Top 40 offerings these days. If Reba can stay relevant in today’s youth oriented pop-rock Top 40 mainstream country radio environment, more power to her! I’m just glad I don’t ever have to listen to it…

  29. Jason
    July 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I didn’t know what to think when I heard it. I’m a huge fan of Reba’s.. and I didn’t know what to think. I’ve heard it a few times now and its growing on me..

    In Reba’s defense, she is an avid twitter user, texting from her iphone almost everyday to us “tweeba’s”

    Consider Me Gone went to number 1, so Blake isn’t all correct on judgment.

  30. Nicolas
    July 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I like it; not as good as “Consider Me Gone,” but I think there’s no question this will be another #1 hit and getting another #1 could help get her to where she can release just about anything and radio will pick it up

  31. Ben Foster
    July 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Lewis, nobody’s biased against Reba. Blake has only made well-reasoned arguments of why this song is not her best. I don’t think he meant anything offensive by referring to Reba “advanced age.” Sure, it’s not like Reba has one foot in the grave at 55, but the truth is that the hits usually dry up by the time an artist hits 50, especially with female artists. So, as far as female country singers go, Reba is a little on the old side.

    I’ve always been a pretty big Reba fan, but like Blake, I consider this single a great disappointment. If “Turn On the Radio” comes on my radio, it will likely cause me to do the opposite. Reba does indeed sound like she’s concerned with appealing to youthful audiences so as to remain a viable hitmaker, and I definitely agreee that the result sounds “clumsy.”

    Blake drew unfavorable comparisons to Shania Twain, but I think this song would sound better if Shania sang it, because then the production would be cleaner and simpler – not loud and overblown. Reba just needs to get back to her roots, and not let modern pop influences crowd out the traditional country elements in her music.

  32. Ben Foster
    July 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Oops! Forgot to mention that I posted my own review of this song just yesterday, and I’ll be glad to hear what people think of it.

  33. Fizz
    July 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Well, Phil certainly has a novel way of looking at the lyrics. You want to think somebody like Reba is going for irony and taking a little jab at top-40 country, but you also wonder if the puppetmasters in Nasvhille would allow such insouciance. In the end, it smells like desperation to me. I hate when an artist, ANY artist, tries so hard to be something they aren’t just to get played on the radio. It shows they must not have much faith in fan loyalty. It’s sad when it happens, and that it even “needs” to happen in the first place.

    Not into Hallmark-card country anyway.

  34. Lewis
    July 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I don’t think that Tammy Wynette took off into the crossover market as huge as Dolly Parton did back in the late 1970’s. Tammy’s success at pop radio with Stand By Your Man was by accident. Loretta Lynn had a few songs cross over into the Hot 100 but she isn’t considered a pop music artist. Her biggest solo pop hit was with “The Pill” and it was controversial at the time and the reason it managed to cross over. Even Coal Miner’s Daughter crossed over into the Hot 100 in 1970.

    For Reba to be doing so well at age 55 and still having major hits is a THUMBS UP in my book.

  35. Janina
    July 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I don’t know I love this song! i can listen to it all day. By far I believe this wil be a # 1 :)

  36. klark
    July 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    uhm.. Reba has some über-protective fans too, wow.

    *still crossing my fingers, wishing for MGR to be released* sigh

  37. klark
    July 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I mean MCR, sorry

  38. sam (sam)
    July 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I’m not interested in Reba anymore. I would like my female artists to have some kind of sex appeal, and though artists in their mid 50s can have sex appeal, they just seem too old to appeal to me. I’d be more than willing to trade off a little “musical quality” or “artistry” or whatever to get more sex appeal.

  39. Fizz
    July 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Lewis: And notice how Loretta and Tammy managed to cross over while still staying true to themselves, and not selling out. Food for thought.

  40. Jason
    July 13, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I think it’s fun, but in all honesty she’s been doing songs like this since the nineties folks i.e. “So Good Together” um “Love Needs a Holiday” Remake of Respect Why Haven’t I heard from U and Take It Back…U know the cheesy songs that are so overly contrived with some weird beat….. Frankly I don’t know why, she rarely gets a hit out of them…. The song is fun but I don’t want to hear Reba sing it. In all honesty these songs don’t do her vocal style any justice, she just becomes another country pop robot. Consider Me Gone was awesome….It was upbeat and yet told a story and suited her voice to a tee……. Her voice is undeniably made to sing about heartbreak and emotion. I have no doubt this new album will be good however… Can any of us think of an album where she doesn’t at least have one..what were u thinking reba…song on it. I mean so what if a Legend like her picks a bad song here and there……It just makes you appreciate the great ones more. I love her to death and think she is one of the greatest talents in music. She’s earned the right to flub up a little.

  41. Jim
    July 13, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Listen, this is a good song and how about showing proper respect for Reba McIntyre. The woman is 53 years old and still charting an occasional #1.
    Reba might not have the voice or popularity today of singers like Carrie Underwood but she blows away all singers her age. Martina McBride hasn’t had a #1 in ages while Reba keeps having great success and Martina is in her mid 40’s..

  42. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 8:32 am

    That’s what’s tragic about it: she feels the need these cheeseball songs, adn ye trarely has a hit with them anyway. Nobody at her age and who has accomplished what she has in her career should feel compelled to shamelessly chase trends.

  43. Thomas
    July 13, 2010 at 9:46 am

    …gentlemen, going on about reba’s (also martina mcbride’s) age ain’t really appropriate. this review is not about some granny going slightly goofy. a great recording artist has decided to release something terribly trendy and the only question is: is the result good enough or not?

  44. Trish
    July 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Thomas, when a 53 year old woman is still recording #1 hits it is not only appropriate to bring up but extremely relevant.

    In country music today it is rare for a female artists to still have hits in their 40’s (ask Martina McBride) let alone her 50’s.

    It is incredible that at the age of 53 Reba is still recording songs that are appealing to the masses.

    Turn on the Radio is another Reba hit that will just add to her extensive list of classics!

  45. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Sure dude, keep on believing that. She may have wanted to make this song, but not for artistic reasons. It’s not like it’s never happened before: an older artist trying desperately to stay ‘relevant” with “updated” songs.

  46. Jake
    July 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I think it’s an incredibly catchy, fun song. Perhaps not classic, but certainly not the drivel this reviewer would have his readers believe.

    I don’t agree that introducing contemporary elements like texting and Twitter into the lyric for a song sung by a 55-year old singer is pandering, as McEntire actually DOES text and Twitter. To assert that these inventions are only used for/by the younger population is absurd. And to evaluate the song through such absurd lenses will of course lead to a thumbs-down opinion.

    Also allow me to clarify the reviewer’s “eroding record sales” claim. McEntire’s last several albums (with the exception of the box set – MCA’s desperate attempt to move a few more Reba units before the singer departed for The Valory Music Company, which itself came a mere ONE album after another hits package) have been Platinum-plus sellers. Had Valory chosen to release another 1-2 singles of Keep on Loving You and carried that album’s promotion over two years (as is presently standard) versus launching a new product, there’s every reason to believe this album would’ve reached that milestone as well. Peppering a review with such blase comments without providing context amounts to nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to undermine the artist’s success.

    Finally, neither “Consider Me Gone” nor the Ronnie Dunn/Terry McBride-penned “I Keep On Lovin’ You” should be classified as “gaudy pop-country.” In so doing, the reviewer automatically discredits himself.

    I for one will be turning on my radio to hear this energetic, summertime tune.

  47. Jon
    July 13, 2010 at 10:10 am

    She may have wanted to make this song, but not for artistic reasons.

    And your insight into her reasons comes from…?

  48. Trish
    July 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Fizz, you gotta stop using the word dude all the time. That word went out like twenty years ago. You’re one of the first people I have ever heard that accused Reba of recording songs just to stay relevant.

    Jon, My insight would be a 30 plus year career of Reba’s integrity and putting out great music.What are your insights?

  49. Thomas
    July 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

    @ trish

    …good music will always make its way to the listeners. bad music does not get any better just because it’s sung by a young artist. and no – it’s not incredible that reba still has hits. she’s been doing that for the last thirty years or so. by now, she surely knows how it’s done.

  50. J.R. Journey
    July 13, 2010 at 11:04 am

    To all the Reba superfans: You apparently like the song as much as others dislike it. But you’re making all Reba fans look bad. Nowhere in his review did Blake Boldt criticize the mindset of the tastes of those who would happen to enjoy ‘Turn On The Radio’. The man was just giving you an honest review. Juvenile stone-throwing, just like what you exhibit in the comments here, are a major reason all the Reba fan-sites and message boards dried up. Nothing constructive can ever be said, and nothing ever really accomplished, in a setting where only positive comments are acceptable. Let’s get real, guys. Also, if you’d go back and read Blake’s reviews – instead of just counting the thumbs up to thumbs down ratio – you’ll find that he’s really a very astute, smart, and unbiased music critic.

    The bottom line here is that ‘Turn On The Radio’ is Reba McEntire massaging country radio’s current trends. Sure, it’s catchy, and likely to be a hit for her. But the trade-off for that success is less meaningful music. I’m glad you all like it, but there’s no reason to get bent because everybody doesn’t. This is not a universally-appealing song. Any music fan with double-digit brain cells should be able to hear that.

  51. Jon
    July 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

    @Trish If you had bothered to read my post in full, you would have known that I wasn’t addressing you. And if you’d been paying attention more generally, you would have known that I haven’t expressed any kind of opinion about this song or anything else Reba-related in this thread. I just quoted Fizz and asked him a question. Maybe you should chill out just a bit.

  52. Jason
    July 13, 2010 at 11:27 am

    no one can really judge music.. we all have different taste. If its a hit, its a hit.. if it’s a flop then maybe those defending the review will have wasted their time. ha! now let’s see where the song goes.

  53. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    My insight comes from seeing the same happen to countless other artists of many genres. What makes Reba so different?

    Trish: Cut me SOME slack; at least I don’t use the word “bro.”

  54. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Being as it’s a country blog, should I say “hoss” instead? “Podna?”

  55. Dan E
    July 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    This is a really good song!

  56. Jon
    July 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    My insight comes from seeing the same happen to countless other artists of many genres.

    But your comment wasn’t about what’s happening or happened to Reba McEntire, it was about her motive in making this record. And I’m asking you what makes you think you have any insight into her motives – or, for that matter, the motives of countless other artists of many genres.

  57. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I’ll rephrase it: My insight comes from seeing countless other artists make similar compromises. Many even admit it.

    The more I think about Phil’s interpretation of the song, the more i hope it’s true. But since country seems to only operate on the most strictly literal terms (so people like Jon can get it), so I doubt it.

  58. Jon
    July 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Sorry, but the rephrasing has nothing to recommend over the original flawed comment. Anyone is free to evaluate a piece of music – to decide whether they think it rocks or sucks or whatever, to comment on how it’s constructed, and so on. But comments on motive – including about “compromises” – only have legitimacy when they’re based on actual, specific knowledge, which apparently yours are not. What’s so hard to understand about that? And if you do understand it, why do you feel compelled to make them anyway?

  59. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Even Reba herself said it, back in the late ’90’s I believe, saying she was sick of hearing the so-called “old guard” of country complain about not being played on the radio, adding “they could, with modernized songs.”

  60. scott
    July 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    This song is Reba’s next number one hit and when it does I’ll be back to laugh at this review.Reba is 55 and she doe text and Twitter, there are people older than 20 who tweet and text. People blame Reba for evolving, if Reba evolved as little as George Strait she wouuldn’t have a career.

  61. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Jon, I’ll be sure to include footnotes and a “Works Cited’ paragraph from now on, and preface each opinion, observation or guess (educated or gut feeling) with the words “I think,” so you won’t be confused. That work for ya?

  62. scott
    July 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    To attack Reba’s legacy is a sure way to lose any respect from a true Reba fan. Reba last album had songs that were classic Reba including She’s Turning 50 Today, Eight Crazy Hours, Maggie Creek Road, Keep On Loving You, Over You, Consider Me Gone, and then she mixed up with great songs like Pink Guitar and Just When I stopped loving you. Reba’s albums always have a great balance, anybody who doesn’t like what Reba is doing now can simply not comment and agree with this review. Most reviews for Turn On The Radio have been positive but when I read reviews that attack Reba. This review was probably written by an old die hard classic country fan who’s life peaked in the 80’s.

  63. Jon
    July 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I’m not confused, Fizz, I’m disgusted.

  64. Joe
    July 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    The reviewer sounds like a broken record. This is the same criticism Reba’s music has always gotten. She hasn’t been universally praised since the mid 1980’s. But, if she sang like she did then throughout her whole career, she would have fizzled out around 1990. Her fresh song choices and changing with the times are what have kept her on top and made her the superstar that she is today. If she only went for the critical acclaim, we wouldn’t be hearing about her today and she wouldn’t be considered a country legend either. Frankly, I don’t see how she can win for losing. It doesn’t matter what she does…she will be criticised for it by somebody. Critics don’t like it when she changes with the times and a significant portion of her large fan base would erode if she kotowed to the critics. Also, the reviewer praises much of her 30-year career but I remember a lot of the critics complaining about the same songs they praise now when those songs were out 20 years ago. And I know because I remember reading the reviews.

  65. travis in va
    July 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    J.R Journey, you are making people on this blog look way worse than Reba fans. “Any music fan with double-digit brain cells should be able to hear that”, is quite a negative thing to say. Sounds like you are just as bad as you say these Reba fans are. And as for the review, I find it biased, in only the fact that the reviewer harks on age determining what a person should sing. My gosh reba was in her early 20’s singing about divorce and how it effects the kids when “Somebody Should Leave”came out in 1984. Most people at that age can’t relate to that, i know I can’t. If she only did age app. songs I quess she could put out a song next time about not forgetting to take your Boneva, and hot flashes.

  66. travis in va
    July 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    lmao, Fizz your comments crack me up. You should be a commedian!!!!!!!!

  67. Fizz
    July 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    As for the whole “Twitter/texting” thing, it reminds me of that Toby Keith song where, to show he’s hip to the newfangled culture, he has to shoe-horn in references to Desperate Housewives and YouTube.

  68. Razor X
    July 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    People blame Reba for evolving, if Reba evolved as little as George Strait she wouuldn’t have a career.

    Yes, it would have been terrible if her career had fizzled out like George Strait’s has.

  69. luckyoldsun
    July 13, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    People blame Reba for evolving, if Reba evolved as little as George Strait she wouuldn’t have a career.

    Yes, it would have been terrible if her career had fizzled out like George Strait’s has.

    Fizz, you COMPLETELEY miss the point that SCOTT made. The fact that George Strait has been able to sustain a career by doing things his way does not mean that Reba McEntire would have sustained her career by doing things George’s way. Reba did things HER way. And truth be told, McEntire has had AT LEAST as successful a CAREER as George Strait has. (When you count all aspects of her career–the country hits, the albums, the long-running TV series and the starring role on Broadway.)

  70. J.R. Journey
    July 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    @Travis (and others). I guess I expect Reba fans to be better at this than other superfans. I get really pissed off at that whole ‘don’t you dare say anything less than this is the best song ever’ mindset that so many hard-core fans get into. And what’s worse is the people who set their minds in that mentality expect others to agree completely or nothing. There’s very little middle ground with those people. Take this section of Scott’s comment: “…anybody who doesn’t like what Reba is doing now can simply not comment and agree with this review.

    That always seems to be the end of the discussion with the group of fans I was addressing. Those of us who don’t think the latest song or album is out-of-this-word fabulous should just shut up. No constructive criticism allowed around here.

    And why should we – the indifferent listeners – not comment? Then we read only positive reviews and comments. That’s boring. I know. You’re free to love it as much as we don’t. Just don’t tell us we have to shut up or like it. That’s not fair, to either one of us.

  71. Steve from Boston
    July 14, 2010 at 7:44 am

    “People blame Reba for evolving..”

    If this is an evolution and Reba is leading the way here, Country music is heading for an irretrievable abyss.

    I think Blake’s review is well reasoned and well written, more entertaining, interesting and less bombastic than the song he is reviewing. And his verdict is just. Just one thing, the song sounds to me more like a warmed over Carrie knockoff than a Shania homage.

    And if Reba is influenced by Carrie (as opposed to the Carrie being influenced by Reba, which should be the order of Nature here), then perhaps Country’s evolutionary dead-end has already arrived.

  72. klark
    July 14, 2010 at 8:06 am

    @ Steve – AMEN

    @ Joe – it seems like you’re implying that she is becoming a sellout, don’t you?

  73. Trish
    July 14, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Country music is more popular than in any time in its history. There are more country radio stations across the United States than at any time plus television radios for the big two country television networks are at their highest. aLso, check out the ratings for the awards shows.

    There are some that are living in the past and that kind of country music has very little interest today.

    Carrie Underwood is the best thing to happen to country music in the last couple decades. She is very talented and a top notch vocalist. I would agree that Taylor Swift is an embarrassment but she has been tilting toward the pop world so I think she’ll be out of country music within five years.

    There are also great new male country performers like Jason Aldean and Chris Young. Things are looking great for country music.

  74. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Hey man, I didn’t say anything about George Strait. Wrong number … Although I think her TV series has as much to do with her career continuing this long as the music she puts out.

    But yeah, that whole “you can’t say anything bad about MY favorite artist, maaaaan” trip isn’t being a superfan, that’s being a sheep.

  75. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Taylor Swift “tilting toward the pop world?” You mean even more than the rest of country?

    Jason Aldean? The new prince of “I’m dumb and proud of it, aren’t you?” music?

  76. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

    @Trish Country music is more popular than in any time in its history.

    As measured by what?

    There are more country radio stations across the United States than at any time

    Says who?

  77. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Triiiish! You forgot to say “P think,” so Professor Jon would know you were about to give an unsupported assertion. Please attach a bibliography, preferably in the MLA format.

    Actually, in a college course I took about seven or eight years ago, we learned that country was the #1 commercial-radio format in America at the time. It has since been surpassed by talk (according to the New York Times, Jon).

  78. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 9:19 am

    “I think,” that is …

  79. Stormy
    July 14, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Actually, saying “I think” before giving an opinion is redundant and bad writing.

    However, facts do not support country music being more popular than it has been at any other time in history. Check your RIAA sales trends.

  80. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Actually, making an assertion is different from expressing an opinion. I think an aspiring writer such as yourself, Stormy, would be well advised to learn how to distinguish the one from the other (<- that's an opinion, albeit an expert one).

    As for the rest, I'm puzzled as to exactly why "RIAA sales trends" – does Stormy mean absolute numbers? percentage of the market? – would be a better measure of genre popularity than the number of radio stations devoted to the genre (and I'm puzzled as to why it would be worse, too). Similarly, I don't know what Fizz means about country or talk or any other format being "#1" – in number of listeners? in audience share? in advertising revenue? in number of broadcast hours? – nor do I know why he thinks that a claim about the "#1" format 7 or 8 years ago would, even if true, have any particular bearing on today. And, of course, I already asked Trish what she meant by her claims.

    Any discussion of "what is the most x" needs to at least bow in the direction of establishing criteria.

  81. sam (sam)
    July 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Although Stormy believes that “saying ‘I think’ before giving an opinion is redundant and bad writing,” some experts in teaching composition to undergraduates believe that the phrase “I think” can be used productively. Gerald Graff, a well respected academic, has co-authored a book aimed at undergraduates called “They Say, I Say.” The book encourages the use of phrases such as “I think” and includes exercises to help students learn to use the phrase well and to avoid dubious uses of the phrase. The book is now in a second edition, and I have seen it on the shelves of several university bookstores These two facts suggest to me that quite a few composition teachers no longer teach that the phrase “I think” should always be avoided.

  82. Stormy
    July 14, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Sam: I would have gotten my assignments marked down had I used such poor writing in college.

  83. Stormy
    July 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Jon: I mean the chart on the website marked Sales Trends.

  84. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

    The radio thing was based on number of total stations having a particular format. Country was #1, now it’s #2. That’s how it relates to Trish’s claimjthat “country is more popular now” etc.

    And I also was taught that adding “I think” is unnecessary.
    “That’s an opinion, albeit an expert one.” Ooooh, haughty, aren’t we?

  85. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    @Fizz Not haughty, realistic. Stormy’s an aspiring writer; I spent a decade making a living by writing about country music, and continue to do it on a limited basis. Stormy’s serving up what she remembers as classroom theory; I’m offering an approach that’s been successful in the real world.

    The radio thing was based on number of total stations having a particular format. Country was #1, now it’s #2. That’s how it relates to Trish’s claimjthat “country is more popular now” etc.

    Why is measuring the ranking in number of radio stations more meaningful as an index of comparative popularity then and now than measuring whether there are fewer or more total country stations? What about total hours of programming? What about total listenership? What about record sales? You, Trish and Stormy each seems to think that there’s one number that can be used as a definitive measure by which country’s popularity today can be measured against its past popularity, but I don’t see why anyone should agree with you – especially since you are each claiming to be serving up different numbers as the definitive one.

  86. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Jon: I mean the chart on the website marked Sales Trends.

    How about a URL?

  87. Stormy
    July 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Jon: My hopeless lack of knowledge hasn’t kept me from getting published. You might do well to remember that you are not the only writer on the site.

  88. Short Stack
    July 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Love this track; best one she’s released since “Strange.” Nothing wrong with staying current.

  89. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I never said, nor meant to imply, that the number of radio stations was the “definitive” factor. I understand there are many factors. I try not to post the glaringly obvious because I don’t think other people are as dumb as you seem to. Can’t imagine your pedantic, doctoral-dissertation-eqsue writing style being a big hit with anybody besides other critics.

  90. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Stormy, congratulations on getting published – maybe it’ll happen again someday!

    A good writer, whether amateur or professional, understands the difference between offering an expression of taste or offering an opinion on the one hand, and making an assertion on the other. A bad writer doesn’t understand it, and a really bad writer refuses to understand it even after it’s been pointed out. And a good writer grounds his or her assertions in something real – which claims about artists’ motives almost never are.

  91. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Oh, I get it, dude. I got it from the beginning. I’m just not going to go, “Oh, let’s wait for the all-knowing Jon to scatter some crumbs of wisdom for us … what’s that? Oh, you’re so right, Jon, thank you for gracing us with your penetrating insight. Why, without you to guide us, we’d be wandering lost in the swamps!”

  92. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Sorry, dude, but you seem not to get it at all. The point – again – is that your statements about Reba’s motive for recording what she did, when she did, the way that she did were neither expressions of taste nor opinions; they were claims based on nothing more than ignorance – and what’s as bad, if not worse, is that they’re totally unnecessary and irrelevant to an actual critique of the recording.

    Furthermore, the attitude underlying them – that there’s something wrong with taking commercial considerations into account when making decisions about what to record, when to record it and how to record it – are fundamentally alien to country music. They might have some value in the world of rock and “stickin’ it to Da Man” roll, but this ain’t that.

  93. Phil
    July 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Imagination is a key to good writing. Something which Stormy and Jon seem to lack from my own personal observations.

  94. Stormy
    July 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Jon: There is a whole new book out that looks at Dickinson’s reclusive habits and writing entirely through the scope of her being an epileptic. Is that book bad writing?

    Phil: Have you even read any of my short stories?

  95. Phil
    July 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Stormy: Can you even imagine that I would want to? :)

  96. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Your second paragraph, Jon … I’m definitely finding that out. That kind of puppetry might not have anything to do with rock ‘n’ roll, but it has a lot to do with disposable pop music. “Here, somebody else wrote this, sing it, let’s get a hit NOW, and don’t forget to smile!”

  97. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Stormy: that Dickinson book might not be bad writing, but I sure wouldn’t want to read it. Sounds like somebody’s master’s thesis. Zzzzzzz!

  98. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    @Stormy I’d have to read it to know whether it was bad writing, wouldn’t I?

    @Fizz “Puppetry” is a term which embodies exactly the kind of alien value judgment I was talking about. You may believe that when a performer does material that he or she didn’t write him- or herself, the result is necessarily inferior, but that’s a value that is fundamentally foreign to country music. The foundations of this music rest on a body of music that was not original to its performers – traditional ballads, anonymously written broadsides, tunes handed down through generations of fiddlers, songs and learned from neighbors, family members, and so on. Contrary to what you seem to think, such material from others is actually the very opposite of “disposable.”

    To understand and appreciate country music for what it really is, and what it really has been, you have to jettison – or at least suspend – the kind of judgments that you’re bringing from the rock world; you have to understand, for instance, that commercial considerations have always been entwined with “artistic” ones in country music, and that there’s no stigma attached to, oh, writing and performing jingles for your sponsors, naming your band after your sponsor’s product, etc. If you don’t understand these things, then all you’ll be able to appreciate is a small corner of country music. Of course, you’re welcome to do that, but if that’s all you’re going for, then you really ought to give up pontificating about the rest of it, because you’re almost guaranteed to get it wrong.

  99. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    But that’s not happening as much anymore, Jon. Artists are relying on “hitmakers” and hot producers, exactly as a teenybopper boy band would do.

  100. Stormy
    July 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Jon: Doesn’t speculating on an artists motives make the book bad writing?

  101. sam (sam)
    July 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I would assume that in many cases there is a large difference between “speculating on an artists’ motives” (and hopefully finding some sort of credible evidence to test one’s conjectures) and making a conclusory claim about what an artist’s motive is (and not really having any credible evidence to support said claim, or worse, not really caring if such evidence exists).

    But that said, I do suspect that speculating about someone’s motives is inherently risky business.

  102. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    @Stormy I’d have to read the book to know whether you were accurately characterizing it, wouldn’t I?

    @Fizz Missing the point, which is that country music has had a place – a big place – for “‘hitmakers’ and hot producers'” for a long, long time. You can’t apply rock aesthetics to country music – especially coming from a position of ignorance with respect to its history – and expect to produce sound insights.

  103. Fizz
    July 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    “You can’t apply rock aesthetics to country music.”

    Why not? THey seem to have adopted plenty of rock aesthetics for themselves.

  104. Jon
    July 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Why not? They seem to have adopted plenty of rock aesthetics for themselves.

    In the first place, that’s a kind of childish response: “Billy did it, so why can’t I?” But in the second place, it’s not at all clear what you mean: please give some examples of where “they” – country artists? – “have adopted plenty of rock aesthetics.”

  105. Zach
    July 14, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    That is a total lie. Ms. McEntire is a legend who maintains her spot at the top of country radio. Whatever genre of song she sings, she pulls it off. She is an outstanding woman who has an extraordinary voice. How dare you post such a hanus blog.

  106. Fizz
    July 15, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Oh, come on, Jon! Turn on your local country station and you hear a bunch of borrowed rock licks and rock production. That’s how country became so popular in the ’90’s to begin with, by appealing to more of a rock audience, the people who were turned off by traditional top-40 radio’s move toward more R&B and rap music around the same time. Surely you know all that.

  107. Jon
    July 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Licks and production and other influences aren’t what I’ve been talking about. Surely you know that.

  108. Fizz
    July 17, 2010 at 2:35 am

    And I was never talking about passing around timeworn, well-loved classics and “standards,” which blues artists do as well. That’s all well and good, and I can respect that. What I’m talking about is this factory-like atmosphere which, again, more closely resembles the way Disney handles its teen-pop artists, rather than some deal out of the ’30’s involving cowboy songs or folk ballads.

  109. Jon
    July 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Missing the point. Licks and production techniques and influences are musical materials; they get swapped around between genres all the time. Aesthetics and attitudes – notions about what’s good, what’s bad, what’s appropriate, what’s valuable – are a different beast. You (and some other folks) have articulated a clear attitude about artists singing songs written by other people, and it’s one that’s historically alien to country music. Go back as far as you like in country music history, you’re still not going to find a special value in artists singing songs they’ve written themselves. From Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family through Roy Acuff and Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell through Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty and on up to the present day, virtually every significant country artist has made significant, if not exclusive use, of “outside” writers – either simply doing their material, or writing with them. Read the dang Hank Cochran obituaries, for crying out loud. Like I said, country music has had a place for “hitmakers and hot producers” for a long, long time. If you look at that generality and see something wrong with it, then you’re not looking at it through country music eyes.

  110. Chase
    July 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    First of all I’m 16 yrs old and been a reba fan for 12 yrs and yes this is different from her last album but she has song fancy and why haven’t I heard fro
    you which has the same up beat as turn on the radio. But everone has an opinion but when turn on the radio hits number 1 on the charts you all remeber the negaative tlk y’all are doing
    I think this song is great and it relays to the youth and teens ,it’s awonderful smashing song
    go reba

  111. klark
    July 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    @ I am very cute – quality is remotely correlated with chart performance these days.

  112. drake
    July 20, 2010 at 2:02 am

    This song doesn’t get me pumped, nor do I think it’s memorable, but it fits in well with other current singles for me. I think it’s the tempo, and Reba’s singing is fairly descriptive for a song like this (fluffy, in my opinion). In other words, I don’t think it’s amazing, but I won’t turn off the radio when it comes on. Oh, wait…maybe it’s because the lyrics are subliminally programming me to “crank it up!”

  113. Letha
    July 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I’m so excited that she’s coming out with a new album. I love the song. Can’t wait to see the video. I think that ALL of her songs are great. There isn’t a one that I dislike.
    Reba is AWESOME!!!

  114. Tom White
    July 30, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I agree with you. Reba is Awesome.

  115. Tom White
    July 30, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Reba is the best and last great female country artist we have since Patsy, Dollie, Loretta, Tammy, and Dottie. She is staying current with the times and I don’t think any of the “so called” female stars of today will still be around 30 years from now. Everyone on the planet knows who the others are just by first name and still hold them in great esteem.

  116. Blake Hatr
    July 31, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Blake…dear Blake you are an effin’ moron, this song cranks, the lyrics tell a tale I wish I could relate to (the gettin’ them on the radio) and you obviously don’t know music!!

  117. Paul W Dennis
    August 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

    If this is Reba’s next #1 it had better get moving. It’s not on Billboard’s Top 30 or ACM’s Top 40 and radio stations in my area are not giving it much airplay

    I agree – the song “cranks” – if you yourself are a crank. Otherwise it’s just another mediocre song

  118. yoli
    August 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I like this song and I am not even a Reba fan, its fun.

  119. Clint
    August 4, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Im a huge reba fan and I have to say that what she does lately is a little out of character but, I still like it. Even in this new song “Turn on the Radio” I could still capture some of that pure country in the song, as well as keeping upbeat and moving without Bob Wills-esque swingin’ music she normally like to use. I have to say I really like this song and as for the losing her place in country, I’m forced to respond that: as long as Reba sings she will and should keep a (high) place in country music.

  120. Timmy Ryan
    September 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    This song represents yet another nail in mainstream country music’s coffin. The idiot consultants that have been desperately trying to attract the “25-54” female demo are responsible for the shlock that one hears on what’s *called* country radio now a days; a bunch of Barbie dolls and guys that look they could be gay singing
    (with lots of autotune-as none of them really can sing) forgettable songs that easily could be (if they’re not already) on a soft rock or top 40 station.
    It’s a sad day when you hear a supposed country song with the words “twitter” and “texting” within the lyrical content, and even sadder that someone as talented as Reba would stoop this low to try to get a hit. Reba should be the beacon showing these naïve “young country” stars what *real* country is, THUMBS WAY DOWN.

  121. Waynoe
    September 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm


    Scathing but very true.

  122. Barry Mazor
    September 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Sure. No mentions of current technology in “real country music” because the audience has to pretend to live in the rural past?

    Such as, say, the Carter Family, in No Twitter in Heaven; I mean, telephone..:

    No Telephone In Heaven

    Now I can’t wait on baby the smiling merchant said
    As stooped and softly toyed with his golden curly head
    I want to call up mamma came the answer full and free
    Will you telephone and ask her when she’s coming back to me

    My child the merchant murmured as he stroked the anxious brow
    No telephone connection where your mother lives at now
    No telephone in heaven and a tear sprang in her eyes
    I thought God had everything with him up in the sky

    Tell her that I get so lonesome that I don’t know what to do
    And pappa cries so much I guess he must be lonesome too
    Tell her to come to baby cause at night I get so ‘fraid
    With no one there to kiss me when the lights begin to fade

    All through the day I want her since my dolly’s got so sore
    With the awful punching brother give it with his little sword
    There aint no one to fix it since mamma’s gone away
    And poor little lonesome dolly’s getting thinner every day

  123. Timmy Ryan
    September 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    It’s not the technology aspect Barry; it’s the “tackiness”, and an obvious attempt to try to sound cool and hip- which is part of the problem with mainstream country today. The industry is trying toooo hard to appear to be “cool and hip”, and by doing so is only pushing what used to be the meat and potatoes of country listeners
    ( middle/working class America) further away in order to attract what is a very, very fickle demographic. Reba’s new song is only a small part of a laundry list of what’s wrong with mainstream county music today, which includes:
    *Kid douche, sorry I mean Kid Rock hosting ( who totally bombed, and was embarrassingly bad) the CMA’s
    *A then 19 year old girl by the name of Taylor Swift who only appeals to 12 year old girls who cant sing to save her life, and who’s daddy bought and paid for her career being named female vocalist of the year. ( and why hasn’t it been brought to light that her songs are ghostwritten?)
    * “Uncle Cracker” has a #4 song on the country charts this week. Need I say more?

    Speaking of The Carter Family, Barry- do you think any of “country’s” current target demographic- 12 year old girls, gay guys, and urban soccer moms who spend their time watching dancing with the stars or gossiping about American idol- even know who The Carter Family are/were? 9.9 times out of 10-I’d bet not.

  124. WAYNOE
    September 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm


    You are nailing it brother. I take a bit of exception to the Kid Rock comment, but overall your points are what a lot of people are saying, at least among themselves.

    Have you heard the latest Sugarland crap? And it even got a thumbs up from this site!

  125. Dan E
    September 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    It’s great to see Reba have a fun time with a country song. This song is entertaining and it definitely gets a thumbs up!

  126. Barry Mazor
    September 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I don’t think most country music fans, movie fans, pop culture fans in general, now have memories that go back more than 5 years on anything! Which is why TV is always doing “100 greatest X of the Century” with 80% of these alleged great anythings coming from the last decade..

    And for what it’s worth–I tend to agree with you, Timmy, that the country powers that be sometimes try too hard to be some idea of what they think might work, rather than trusting their own music and people. It’s why they, say, add a sports festival to CMA Week rather than (here’s a concept) more and varied country music events..

  127. VoiceOfReason
    November 13, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Okay, at this point in Reba’s long successful career people will continue to pay money and buy her albums because face it it’s Reba good or bad damnit it’s Reba! her fans will never fail her nor will the country music community and I dont blame them all you can say is it’s friggin Reba what more does she have to prove… Friggin!

  128. Travis
    December 14, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Reba’s Turn on the Radio is #1 on Mediabase. Congrats to Reba and keep doing what your doing. It’s working. I love this song and I’m not a younger hippier audience.

  129. Erica
    December 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

    #1 smash hit! The 9513 was wrong on this one!

  130. Barry Mazor
    December 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    A review is not a sales prediction. Never has been. Not the reason for having them, unless you’re Billboard or something, and, far as I know, nobody here is Billboard.

    Perfectly possible, as we’re seeing, for, as Blake put it, “a warmed-over Shania knockoff that sounds cheesy even for the delightfully goofy redhead” to sell. This has–but that doesn’t “prove” or disprove” the original thought, in any way.

    Some who come to this site are clearly relatively unfamiliar and uncomfortable with discussion or even coverage of music that is not heavily, heavily oriented towards “Hot hits! Hot hits! Nothing but hot hits all the time! Zowie Wowie! Cause that’s all that matters”.

    A lot of music coverage of that sort developed because it’s way, way easier to follow a chart than to follow music.

    (How much it takes to be “#1″ right now, btw, is not what it once was.)

    If, Erica, you’d like to use the fact, now apparently a fact, that a good number of people have responded well to this cut–among those now available on short playlist radio at all–to buttress some idea about what’s good about this record, , why not go ahead and tell us about those.?

  131. Paul W Dennis
    December 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

    FARCE THE MUSIC ranked this recdording as one of the ten worst of 2010 … “I hate ‘Fancy’ …despise it. That said, I can respect the art of it. This, likely Reba’s worst single to date, not so much. Reba drops knowledge about texting, Tweeting, Facebooking and sounds absurd doing it. It’s not that she has to ‘act her age,’ she just needs to not be so obvious about trying to stay current, in sound and lyrical content. It just doesn’t work for her.

    I think that they are being overly harsh, but it is true that I tend to change stations when this song comes on. I remember when Reba was a great artist; sadly, those days are long past

  132. Travis
    December 28, 2010 at 8:00 am

    This is one of Reba’s best up-tempo songs in a long time. Funny how people like to over analyze an uptempo fun song. I don’t get the comment that Reba’s trying to stay current. I don’t see anyone trying to backdate their music…not even George Strait. Anyway the song is #1 on billboard and that’s all that needs to be said. Reba was right once again. Good choice…………..and on to the next #1

  133. luckyoldsun
    December 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I have to agree here.
    There are very few artists who have had #1 hits over as long a time span as Reba McEntire–certainly no other women in the history of country music–and it’s not for lack of trying. She made a record that still sounds country but fits today’s market and I’m sure she doesn’t give a rat’s tail what a few naysayers and complainers have to say about it.

  134. Jack
    December 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Who cares if it went to #1 on billboard, that doesnt change the fact that reba is trying way to hard to stay relevent. Reba used to be my idol but now i cant stand her. When she comes on the tv or on the radio i change it. Her last album, was an amazing album, maggie creek road was one of the best songs i heard from reba since the 90s, and its not about me being a reba fan who doesnt get that reba needs to change her style to stay current. Im 16, so i know what im talking about. I just dont understand how she can release a song like this over maggie creek road.

    I have come to terms that reba is a sell out, and she thinks that will make her more popular but all it does is make her look desperate. I will get bombared with hate comments by alot of reba fans, but i dont think reba even deserves to carry the title, queen of country anymore, i understand that she cant set trends anymore but does she really have to follow them?!? Reba is so much better than carrie, miranda and taylor (who i ABSOLUTELY love) she should kno better than to release such crap

  135. Trish
    December 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Jack, you kinda just lost all credibility when you mention that you love Taylor Swift. If you love Taylor Swift then any comments you make regarding Reba McIntyre are meaningless. Reba, Carrie, and Miranda are all leaps and bounds far better vocally and anyway over Taylor Swift! I think you must be a thirteen year old boy with your comments.

  136. Jack
    December 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    You know what youre right reba,carrie and miranda can sing miles better than taylor,i said that reba is better than her in my comment but you know what the difference between taylor and reba is, taylor sings what SHE WANTS to sing, she doesnt copy anybody, she writes her own songs and doesnt let anybody limit her. Reba singing a song that sounds like a straight-up carrie underwood song = TRYING TOO HARD!! Her new album gave reba her LOWEST first week album sales in 20 years!!! 64K is a terrible first week sales number for someone of reba’s stature.

    Reba lost a WHOLE lot of fans when she released this song, i guarantee you that if maggie creek road was released as the lead single, the album wouldve sold over 100K, in its debut week. Like i said, this song is not worthy of reba’s fantastic vocals, and i am dissapointed to see reba stoop this low just to get a #1 hit, well you know what she succeeded, but she can consider me gone as a fan. Reba is not the woman she used to be, and i just cant stand her anymore.

  137. Trish
    December 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Reba has not lost a ton of fans as you are saying.

    First, Reba had had more radio success on this album than in any of her previous releases.

    Second, album sales are way down for almost all artists over the last decade as we are in the era of downloaded singles so this has no bearing at all on Reba’s popularity. Actiually 64k is a phenominal number for an artist that is in their mid fifties.

    Lastly, many artists, especially females, are looking at Carrie Underwood’s amazing success to see if they can learn something to propel their own careers. Reba has said many times that she has tremendous respect for Carrie as an artist. This doesn’t mean she’s trying to copy her though.

  138. numberonecountryfan
    December 28, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    For Jack: Maggie Creek Road could not have been the lead single for All The Women I Am as it came from the previous CD, Keep On Loving You (whose lead single was Strange).

  139. LoriAnn
    December 28, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Jack is parading around as a former Reba fan. No fan of Reba would ever say they “can’t stand her”. Reba’s fans know she is one foe the classiest, most generous artists ever in the history of country music. She is also extremely generous in her charitable work.

    Like Trish said are there any country females around today that are in their fifties that are even close to the success Reba has had over the last couple years. The answer is no!

  140. Jack
    December 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Trish, 64K is NOT a phenominal number for an artist who’s lead single went to #1. Reba was in her 50s when the Duets album opened with 300K, and the KOLY opened with 96K. Lets face it, reba has lost her spark, and its such a shame. Reba should at least be able to get over 70K now.

    And NUMBERONECOUNTRYFAN, I know that reba couldnt have released maggie creek road as the lead single to all the women i am, i meant that it shouldve been released as the 4th single from the KOLY album.

  141. Jack
    December 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    i am a former reba fan, you just dont want to believe it because im stating my opinion, which is what most reba fans hate

  142. Trish
    December 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Jack, how many female country artists over the last decade that are 55 years old have sales of over 64,000 in the first week. The answer is zero!!!!

    Jack, how many female country artists ever at the age of 55 have #1 singles at all since you are quoting that?

    The 64,000 number or #1 single for a female country music artist of 55 years of age is absolutely phenominal!

  143. Stephen H.
    December 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    It’s “phenomenal”. Also, who’s “Reba McIntyre”? Is that Joey’s mother?

  144. Jack
    December 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Like i said reba has lost her spark and obviously im not the only one who thinks so:

  145. Erik
    December 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    64k for “All The Women I Am” is highly disappointing considering “Keep On Loving You” opened near 100k with a lead single that barely went top ten on Mediabase. One would also think that her big “comeback” single “Consider Me Gone” would’ve brought some new fans to the fold, but it seems to have been forgotten already.

    Also, “Turn On The Radio” went #1 with five million less in audience than “Consider Me Gone” did at the same time last year, and barely managed to hold on to the top spot for a week.

  146. Barry Mazor
    December 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    You guys wanna talk business, or music?

    If she sells 64,001 records, what percentage better is that than 64,000?

    And why do you care?

  147. Jon
    December 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    .002%, of course.

  148. trish
    December 29, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Reba McIntyre is making history by putting up numbers that are unheard of for a 55 year old woman in country music.

    Most females such as Martina McBride and Faith Hill have careers that are plummeting by their early forties. Reba is outselling both of them whiloe being over a decade older!!

    Jack and Erik, two Reba haters, can’t come up with any country female over the last couple decades that have had Reba’s success that is in her age range.

  149. Jack
    December 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

    im not a reba hater, i speak the truth

  150. Jack
    December 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Okay trish if reba didnt lose any fans PLEASE explain why her new album opened with 32K LESS than her last one

  151. numberonecountryfan
    December 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

    It does not matter how much a CD sells during its opening week. It matters how much it will sell over all. I predict a gold album for Reba McEntire’s All The Women I Am in 2011, along with two more major hits.

  152. luckyoldsun
    December 29, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Jack, etc.

    This is pathetically dumb.
    You could not name another woman (and there are damn few men, either) in the history of country music who have had a substantial hit record at 55 years of age or older. Kitty, Loretta, Tammy–all of them were dropped by radio well before 50 and if they did put out any albums, they went straight to the bargain bin. Dolly was trying to have duet hits with Billy Ray Cyrus before she gave up on trying and decided to go in an acoustic/bluegrass direction.

    It’s amazing that in this era, Reba McEntire is able to have hits of any sort. Did Buck Owens or Johnny Cash manage to go back to making hits after they became TV stars? Reba’s a legend and she obviously has managed her career expertly.

  153. Jack
    December 29, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Yes its true that i couldnt name any other females over 50 who have been able to have the top 10s and #1 hits that reba has, But it doesnt change anything, ive always admired reba for her ability to adapt to the current times, but with turn on the radio she has comprimised all of her artistic integrity, i honestly think that if she released maggie creek road, it wouldve helped keep on loving you go platinum.

  154. Paul W Dennis
    December 29, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Actually Buck Owens continued having top ten records through 1974 (Hee Haw started in 1969 and he stayed with the show until 1986) at which point he went into retirement or semi-retirement after the death of Don Rich. His last #1 was 1988’s “Streets of Bakersfield” (with Dwight Yoakam) – Buck was 58 at the time it was released and had not recorded for close to a decade.

  155. numberonecountryfan
    December 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    If age is a determing factor, Willie Nelson has them all beat. He was 70 years old when Beer For My Horses with Toby Keith was #1 in 2003.

  156. luckyoldsun
    December 29, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    PWD, #1FAN:
    Those duet hits are almost meaningless in gauging an artists marketability. The Dwight Yoakam-Buck Owens record was a hit because Yoakam was hot at the time. Owens could never have gotten it played then. And the Toby-Willie record was a hit because everything Toby was putting out at the time was a hit.

    The only country artists that I’m aware had #1 hits at Reba’s age or beyond are Kenny Rogers with “Buy Me a Rose”, Hank Snow with “Hello Love” and George Strait, who’s actually older than Reba.

  157. Jon
    December 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    “This song stinks.”

    “Are you kidding? Who else but Reba has had a hit at such an advanced age?!”

    Talk about a dialogue of the deaf…

  158. luckyoldsun
    December 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Actually, my comments were prompted by the people who were saying “This song stinks–It’s costing Reba her fans,” and “This record stinks–She’s not credible talking about the subject matter.”

    Every country great who’s had a long career–with the possible exception of George Strait–has retooled his or her sound several times to try to find the right formula for whatever was selling in the current market.

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