We gave it a B+
Despite forays into TV and Broadway, Reba McEntire keeps a fresh attitude toward country, often reshaping the form as she honors the tradition. These Duets with pop and country luminaries don’t always best spotlight their guests (you can hardly hear Justin Timberlake on ”The Only Promise That Remains”), and it’s one melancholy group of songs. But when McEntire & Co. get the balance right — as on a nuanced reprise of ”Because of You,” with Kelly Clarkson, and ”Every Other Weekend,” with Kenny Chesney — it’s a one-two punch of torch and twang.
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