February 21, 2008
I guess MCA realizes this song is so good, they need to send it to radio, even if they don’t have the green light from BMG to push the Kenny Chesney duet that’s on the actual album. You can listen to the new version with Skip Ewing below, but the purchase link will be for the Kenny Chesney version. And let’s be honest. That’s the version radio’s going to play anyway.
The song drips with vulnerability and hurt, as the two dueling inner monologues of divorced parents each confess they’d be happier if they were together again. Songs with that emotional element are Reba’s sweet spot. Hearing her performance is a reminder that more than thirty years into her career, she’s still one of the best damn singers around. Ewing pales in comparison, but Chesney steps up his game in the original version. This is the first great single from Duets, even if it’s been altered for radio.
Grade: A (Reba McEntire & Kenny Chesney); B (Reba McEntire & Skip Ewing)
Listen: Every Other Weekend (Reba McEntire & Skip Ewing)
Buy: Every Other Weekend (Reba McEntire & Kenny Chesney)