“Until They Don’t Love You”
Written by Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna and Josh Osborne
The sophomore single from Reba McEntire’s current album Love Somebody is built around an age-old conceit: sometimes you don’t know what you have until you’ve lost it.
Or as it’s here put, “Sometimes you don’t love somebody until they don’t love you”. The hook connects solidly by using plainspoken phrasing to convey a deeply relatable truth, causing the listener feel for a narrator who is not immediately sympathetic.
The lyric exudes angst and regret while the production pulses urgency. Interesting touches such as a pounding piano, snaky guitar licks and a bass breakdown give the arrangement more color than the typical wall-of-sound Nashville production. Though the arrangement is very busy, McEntire holds center stage with her spitfire vocal – a dynamic, commanding performance from a country music legend still in excellent form.
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