Hey another comeback single! After reviewing Jamey Johnson’s first new song in several years, I now take a look at Reba McEntire’s first new song in five years. Maybe 2015 will be the year of the comeback in country music. While the return of Johnson is quite big for traditional country listeners, the return of Reba is pretty significant on several levels for the world of country music. First and foremost she’s the biggest signing by NASH Icons so far. The success of NASH Icons becoming a major player has a lot riding on Reba’s new album. Not just NASH Icons either, but the whole getting older artists and more traditional songs back on radio movement. On top of that Reba enters a country music environment that hasn’t exactly braced female artists in recent years.
So Reba as an older, female country artist has a lot resting on her shoulders. This is also her first new material in five years and things have certainly changed in the genre. No pressure, Reba. I’ve been eager myself to hear what new material she has in-store. It would be great to hear Reba back on the radio, as it would mean a lot to a large number of people and most importantly it would probably signify that country music is improving. It’s also nice that this came out right now because there isn’t a lot to talk about and I’m in the writing mood. So without further ado let’s take a look at Reba’s new single, “Going Out Like That.”
Did she deliver with this song? Eh, not exactly. The song is about a woman who just got her heartbroken and now she’s bouncing back from it. It reminds me a lot of the theme of Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender.” The woman is trying to forget about her heartache by going out on the town and partying her troubles away. The mood of the song is quite upbeat and very appealing to radio. It almost has a rock influence to it. I actually have no problem with the theme or lyrics of this song. It’s just a simple getting over a breakup song targeted toward female listeners. The instrumentation is a little bland, uncreative and very adult contemporary sounding. It’s not very country sadly (traditional country nor 90s country).
Reba’s vocals sound good. Except for one big issue I have concerning her vocals. The “echo” effect that is added to her voice throughout this song at the end of the chorus sections and most significantly in the bridge. This is painfully hard to listen to and really ruins the song for me. What makes this even more infuriating is that it’s not even necessary. Once again mainstream country music overproduced a song and ruined it. The only reason it’s added to the song is to make it more appealing to radio and the fickle mainstream listener.
While this song has shot up to the top on the iTunes chart, I expected much better from Reba. I thought of all the older artists she would be one of the last to stoop down to the mainstream country’s level of machines and special effects. If they had just left the special effects out on this song, I would have probably given this a decent grade. Sure it’s nothing new, but it’s not trying to be a deep song that touches your emotions. It’s a feel good, party song. We have enough of those in country music already though. I really hope this is just an anomaly on Reba’s new album and that the rest of it is solid country music. “Going Out Like That” is a pretty damn mediocre song that I would not recommend listening to nor buying.
I can’t believe Reba came back like that.