Room to Breathe

Room to Breathe

by Reba McEntire



On Room to Breathe, one of strongest albums of her estimable career, Reba McEntire rises to the challenge, and then some, posed by a dozen vivid songs about love and loss. Stylistically she's edging more into Wynonna's R&B turf with house wreckers such as the gospel-flavored barn burner "Love Revival," with its propulsive rhythm track and sanctified female chorus answering her forceful wails. But the most nuanced performances are saved for the introspective numbers, rich country tales all. "Once You've Learned to Be Lonely" alternately soars and grinds, with a steel guitar sending up eerie moans as McEntire erupts with a plaintive cry from deep inside a broken heart. A booming band, supplemented by a soft, rising wash of synths and serpentine steel lines, sets the dramatic backdrop for "If I Had Any Sense At All," as McEntire bemoans "the darkness reaching in" as a love affair fades out -- everywhere but in her own heart. On an upbeat note, a vibrant, funky groove establishes the celebratory mood for "My Sister," a valentine to a beloved sibling that is intimate in its reflections and heartfelt in its sincere expression of familial bonding. The masterpiece here -- and it is that -- is "Moving Oleta," which whispers and roars in observing the wrenching details of an elderly couple's struggles with declining health and diminished capacity, and the power of love in keeping the bond between them strong nonetheless. McEntire digs in, and whether she's sending up a howling protest or softly drawling the key lyric, "Love is a hard, hard road," she makes a deeply felt point as only Reba McEntire can. Room to Breathe has the ring of truth about it, and that's hard to come by.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008817038520
catalogNumber: 000045102

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Reba McEntire   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Harmony
Linda Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony
Bob Bailey   Background Vocals
Gary Prim   Keyboards
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals,Harmony
Chip Davis   Background Vocals,Harmony
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Gregg Galbraith   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Vince Gill   Vocals
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals,Harmony
Jakob Jorgensen   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Randy McCormick   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Piano
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals,Harmony
Larry Paxton   Bass Guitar
Bergen White   Background Vocals,Harmony
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals,Harmony
Sonya Isaacs   Background Vocals,Harmony
David Talbot   Banjo
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Harmony

Technical Credits

Reba McEntire   Producer,Liner Notes
Phil Collins   Composer
Lisa Stewart   Composer
Lisa Brokop   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Barry Dean   Composer
Vince Gill   Duet
Marc Harris   Composer
Red Lane   Composer
Mark Mancina   Composer
Larry Paxton   Arranger
Melissa Pierce   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Philip White   Composer
Kristin Wilkinson   Arranger
Norro Wilson   Producer
Bonnie Baker   Composer
Jerry Salley   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Vicky McGehee   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Annie Tate   Composer
Sam Tate   Composer
Dale Dodson   Composer
Dave Berg   Composer
Steven Dale Jones   Composer
Roxie Dean   Composer
Rob Harbin   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Amy Dalley   Composer
Clayton Mills   Composer
Bethany Newman   Art Direction
Candy Cameron   Composer
Liz Hengber   Composer
James Dean Hicks   Composer
D. Vincent Williams   Composer
Burton Collins   Composer

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Room to Breathe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is most definitely one of my favorite Reba albums, though it's VERY hard to choose! I've been a Reba fan since about age 3 and she gets better as time goes by. Her music never gets old! Keep up the good work girl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to get this cd. I have been a Reba fan since I was a little girl, and I'm 18 now. I have always loved her. She gained more popularity these past couple of years with her broadway show and television show, but she's still the Queen of Country Music today. The song I find most touching is Moving Oleta, it's about a man who's forced to send his wife to a nursing home because he can no longer care for her. Another fav is the duet w/ Vince Gill. It Just Has To Be This Way is remarkable. I recommend this cd to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago