May 19, 2007
Reba McEntire featuring Kelly Clarkson, “Because of You”
“Because of You” is one of my favorite pop songs of the past few years, a dark and powerful ballad of family dysfunction. I was nervous when I heard about this becoming a duet, but it had the potential to be reworked into an interesting mother/daughter confrontation. McEntire is one of the strongest vocalists in the history of recorded music, and God knows she could pull this off on her own and make it a country classic. Unfortunately, she chose to make this a duet without changing the viewpoints of the song. McEntire sings the first verse, and then Clarkson takes the second. The end result is the song doesn’t make any sense, and is just confusing to listen to.
Stick with the original, and pray that this is the worst thing that McEntire’s promising duets project has to offer.
Listen: Because of You
Buy: Because of You