All the Women I Am

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All the Women I Am
Studio album by Reba
Released November 9, 2010
(see release history)
Recorded 2010 (Starstruck Studios, Nashville, Tennessee)[1]
Genre Country
Length 38:06
Label Starstruck/Valory
Producer Dann Huff
Reba chronology
Keep On Loving You
(2009)
All the Women I Am
(2010)
Singles from All the Women I Am
  1. "Turn On the Radio"
    Released: July 19, 2010
  2. "If I Were a Boy"
    Released: January 24, 2011
  3. "When Love Gets a Hold of You"
    Released: April 11, 2011
  4. "Somebody's Chelsea"
    Released: August 29, 2011

All the Women I Am is the twenty-sixth studio album by American country music singer Reba McEntire. The album was released November 9, 2010, through the Valory Music Group, a division of Big Machine Records.[2][3] Its first single is "Turn On the Radio", which was released in July and debuted at #54 and peaked at #1 in January 2011. The second single "If I Were a Boy" and was released in January 2011 and re-entered the Billboard Country Charts at #60, peaking at #22 in April 2011. The third single, "When Love Gets a Hold of You", was released on April 11, 2011, peaking at #40 in six weeks. McEntire's fourth single from the album was "Somebody's Chelsea," which peaked at #44.[4][5] McEntire produced the album with Dann Huff.[3] As of 2012 it is her 1st studio album since 1984's Just a Little Love not to be certified.

Background[edit]

The title of the album relates to the many roles that McEntire plays in her life.[6] Asked once in an interview for a ranking, McEntire responded, "Mother first, wife second, and the rest just follow."[7] The album features a cover of American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles' single "If I Were a Boy". McEntire's version became a viral video when she first performed the song on CMT's Unplugged earlier in 2010.[8]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

The album debuted at number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200, and at number three on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 64,174 copies in its first week of release. 432,000 copies have been sold in the U.S.[9][10]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[11]
Associated Press mixed[12]
Billboard favorable[13]
The Boston Globe (Positive)[14]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[15]
Roughstock 3.5/5 stars[16]
USA Today 3/4 stars[17]
Washington Post mixed[18]
Engine 145 3.5/5 stars[19]

Upon its release, All the Women I Am received generally positive reviews from most music critics.[20] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74, based on 5 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[20]

Michael McCall with the Associated Press gave it a mixed review, saying "at age 55, McEntire remains a powerhouse who tends to err by trying harder than necessary to show her range".[12] Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly gave the album four star rating, calling the release "[an] emotionally charged set of songs" and commended her cover of "If I Were A Boy", calling it a "soulful, countrified look at love from a male perspective".[15]

Giving the release a 3½ star rating, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock, saying "All The Woman I Am had the potential to be a missed-opportunity after the first two tracks on the record but the album is saved by a meaty collection of songs that hopefully will find Reba retaining her current resurgence at radio".[16] Allison Stewart with the Washington Post compared the album to its predecessor, Keep On Loving You, saying that the album "tries harder, with worse results; McEntire and her collaborators aim for Carrie Underwood and too often wind up with warmed-over Shania Twain". On a positive note, she called her version of "If I Were a Boy" "fantastic".[18] Thom Jurek with Allmusic gave the release a 2½ rating, saying "Everything, from songs and arrangements to production tries hard to sound on the contemporary edge, but comes off as underscoring that Underwood has the corner on this sound [...] ultimately, All the Women I Am falls flat; it feels awkward in its stylistic mimicry, and has no center".[11]

Steve Morse with The Boston Globe called it "one of her best effort", saying "It blends hard-edged, modern country-rock with some profoundly tender ballad singing".[14] Blake Boldt with "Engine 145" gave it a 3½ star rating, saying "Women is a crash course in dealing with emotional hurdles. There’s a great deal of value when McEntire sings about volatile emotions, and she builds a rapport with female listeners by admitting her own frailties".[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Turn On the Radio"   Cherie Oakley, Mark Oakley, J.P. Twang 3:35
2. "If I Were a Boy"   BC Jean, Toby Gad 3:52
3. "The Bridge You Burn"   Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher 3:34
4. "Cry"   Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally 3:25
5. "When Love Gets a Hold of You"   Jessi Alexander, Gary Nicholson, Jon Randall 3:34
6. "Somebody's Chelsea"   Reba McEntire, Liz Hengber, Will Robinson 4:33
7. "All the Women I Am"   Kent Blazy, Marv Green, McAnally 4:35
8. "The Day She Got Divorced"   Clark, McAnally, Mark D. Sanders 3:32
9. "A Little Want To"   Brice Long, Terry McBride 3:07
10. "When You Have a Child"   Tom Douglas 4:09
Total length:
38:06

Personnel[edit]

As listed on backing card.[1]

Musicians[edit]

Strings on "The Day She Got Divorced" and "When You Have a Child" performed by the Nashville String Machine; composed, arranged and directed by Charlie Judge, contracted by Carl Gorodetzky.

Technical[edit]

  • Adam Ayan — mastering
  • Drew Bollman — recording assistant
  • Tristan Brock-Jones — recording assistant
  • Mike "Frog" Griffith — production coordinator
  • Mark Hagen — additional recording
  • Dann Huff — producer
  • David Huff — digital editing
  • Brent King — recording
  • Steve Marcantonio — recording, mixing
  • Seth Morton — additional recording
  • Justin Niebank — recording
  • Christopher Rowe — digital editing
  • Hank Williams — mastering

Charts[edit]

Weekly album charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 14
US Billboard 200[21] 7
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[21] 3
UK Top 40 Country Albums 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[22] 72

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
[23]
US
[24]
CAN
[25]
2010 "Turn On the Radio" 1 53 67[26]
2011 "If I Were a Boy" 22[27] 123[28]
"When Love Gets a Hold of You" 40[29]
"Somebody's Chelsea" 44[30]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United StatesUnited States November 9, 2010[6]
CanadaCanada November 9, 2010[6]
AustraliaAustralia November 12, 2010[31][32]
United KingdomUnited Kingdom February 20, 2012

References[edit]

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