Reba McEntire featuring Justin Timberlake, “The Only Promise That Remains”

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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.
Grade: B+

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  1. I love this song. Their voices blend together so well. Almost sounds like Vince Gill on some notes.

  2. Cowboy Blue says:

    I’m happy Reba made this the second single. Its not to showoffish on Justin’s part so while Justin is significant in the song Reba is the star of the performance. Their voices blend so well and the song itself is almost haunting. My favortie from her Duets album personally.

  3. JamieNo Gravatar says:

    I believe this song could be one of the biggest hits of the year. They both sound amazing and their voices collaborate so well together. Even though I am not much in to country, I believe this song could make it very big on both country and pop charts. This song could shoot straight to number one.

  4. Steph says:

    I love this song! I sing it to my 5 month old at night and it makes me cry. I love both Reba and JT. Justing usually sings fun songs, where it’s hard to see what kind of voice he has. This song really shows that he has an amazing voice.

  5. Stephen H.No Gravatar says:

    Wow, the comments are interesting to look at in retrospect, since the song became Reba’s first-ever official single (I think) to completely miss the charts.

  6. MARYNo Gravatar says:

    THIS IS PROBABLY SUPPOSE TO BE A TRADITIONAL LOVE SONG BUT I FIND IT THE SWEETEST THING FOR A MOTHER SAYING THESE WORDS TO HER SON OR HER DAUGHTER. A MOTHER’S LOVE LAST THROUGH ALL TIMES AND CONDITIONS.

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