“Going Out Like That”
Written by Rhett Akins, Ben Haslip, and Jason Sellers
Reba McEntire is one of the genre’s all-time greatest storytellers. Her best material captures both the strength and vulnerability of the everyday woman, and “Going Out Like That” fits in well with her legacy of songs that are empowering without sacrificing believability.
McEntire is also one of the genre’s all-time greatest stylists, and that’s where her new single falls short. The song is delivered in mostly a monotone, with few of her signature curlicues. She just never gets out of the starting gate for some reason. The song doesn’t require it to be effective, but a little more variety would’ve been nice.
Sure, there are a few production tricks that are very of this moment. They won’t age well. But McEntire has enough presence to overshadow them, and the song itself is also good enough to overcome them.
Overall, “Going Out Like That” serves as a solid preview to her upcoming album. Here’s hoping she lets loose as a vocalist a bit more on the rest of that project.