All the Women I Am
|All the Women I Am|
|Studio album by|
|Released||November 9, 2010|
|Studio||Starstruck Studios, Nashville, Tennessee|
|Reba McEntire chronology|
|Singles from All the Women I Am|
All the Women I Am is the twenty-ninth studio album by American country music singer Reba McEntire. It was released November 9, 2010, through the Valory Music Group, a division of Big Machine Records. 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. McEntire produced the album with Dann Huff. As of 2012 it is her 1st studio album since 1984's Just a Little Love not to be certified.
The title of the album relates to the many roles that McEntire plays in her life. Asked once in an interview for a ranking, McEntire responded, "Mother first, wife second, and the rest just follow." 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. Reba's next album was supposed to be a Christmas album but the song 'If I Were a Boy' changed McEntire's mind.
|The Boston Globe||(Positive)|
Upon its release, All the Women I Am received generally positive reviews from most music critics. 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".
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". 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".
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". 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". 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".
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". 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".
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. The album has sold 347,000 copies in the US as of April 2015.
|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|
|Deluxe Edition Bonus Track|
|11.||"I Want a Cowboy" (Dance remix)||Katrina Elam, David Davidson, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Jimmie Lee Sloas||3:49|
|Deluxe Edition DVD|
|1.||"AOL Sessions Consider Me Gone"|
|2.||"AOL Sessions Strange"|
|3.||"AOL Sessions Eight Crazy Hours (In The Story of Love)"|
|4.||"AOL Sessions I Want A Cowboy"|
|5.||"AOL Sessions Interview"|
|6.||"CMT Unplugged If I Were A Boy"|
|7.||"Behind The Scenes: Reba "Turn On The Radio" music video shoot"|
|8.||"Turn On The Radio" music video"|
Adapted from the album's liner notes.
- Bruce Bouton – steel guitar
- Tom Bukovac – electric guitar
- J. T. Corenflos – electric guitar
- Eric Darken – percussion
- Mark Douthit – saxophone
- Stuart Duncan – fiddle
- Shannon Forrest – drums
- Paul Franklin – steel guitar, Dobro
- Vicki Hampton – background vocals
- Dann Huff – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo
- David Huff – programming, percussion
- Joanna Janét – background vocals
- Charlie Judge – keyboards, synthesizer, synth strings, synth horns, Rhodes piano, clavinet, Hammond B-3 organ, programming
- Reba McEntire – lead vocals
- Jerry McPherson – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Gordon Mote – piano
- Steve Nathan – piano, Hammond B-3 organ
- Jimmy Nichols – piano, Wurlitzer electric piano
- Cherie Oakley – background vocals
- Angela Primm – background vocals
- Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass guitar
- Russell Terrell – background vocals
- Ilya Toshinsky – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin
- Scott Williamson – drums
- Jennifer Wrinkle – background vocals
- Jonathan Yudkin – fiddle
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.
- 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
|United States||November 9, 2010|
|Canada||November 9, 2010|
|Australia||November 12, 2010|
|United Kingdom||February 20, 2012|
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