Written by James Brunswick, Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer, and John Pierce
To anyone following along, Reba McEntire has previewed several tracks from her upcoming album, Stronger Than the Truth, since we reviewed the title track a few weeks ago.
“Freedom” is actually being sent to radio, and perhaps it was designed and recorded for that particular purpose. It has a bigger sound and is less traditional than everything else that’s been released so far. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the least satisfying. The lyric is well written, and she sings it just fine. But the chorus goes too big, subscribing to the false notion that louder means more impactful.
The reason most everything else previewed from Stronger Than the Truth works well is that it’s understood that McEntire is enough of a stylist to deliver nuance and meaning with just her voice, especially as she relies less on vocal acrobatics than she ever has. “Freedom” doesn’t trust the lady at the mic, and ultimately goes against the lyric by restraining the one element of the record that needs to be set free.