October 28, 2007
Who would’ve guessed that one of the most country things on Reba’s recent Duets project would be her collaboration with Justin Timberlake on a song that he wrote specifically for the occasion? He’s there as a harmony vocalist, rather than a full-blown duet partner, and the end result is far more effective than the forced line-sharing of her hit pairing with Kelly Clarkson on “Because of You.” “The Only Promise That Remains” will garner a tremendous amount of attention because of Timberlake’s involvement, and thankfully the song is worthy of it. Reba just sounds plain better when she’s going the understated route, and she does so here with wonderful results.
Listen: The Only Promise That Remains