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)
Love Somebody
(2015)
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.[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]

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United StatesUnited States November 9, 2010[6]
CanadaCanada November 9, 2010[6]
AustraliaAustralia November 12, 2010[34][35]
United KingdomUnited Kingdom February 20, 2012

References[edit]

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