Written by Liz Hengber and Tommy Lee James
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 21, 1995
Reba McEntire enjoys her third consecutive No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
After going No. 1 with “Till You Love Me” and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” Reba McEntire finally won the Entertainer of the Year award from the Academy of Country Music, along with her seventh trophy for Top Female Vocalist. In the wake of these victories, MCA went five singles deep from a Reba McEntire album for the first (and last) time.
The No. 1
The fifth single also happens to be the best single from her triple platinum album, Read My Mind.
It’s a power ballad that keeps its instrumentation firmly rooted in country, which plays to McEntire’s strengths as a vocalist. Since she doesn’t have to go loud to be heard over a busy backing track, she’s able to give a nuanced performance that conveys the wide range of emotions of its protagonist.
The way her voice breaks during the bridge as she sings, “I gave my best smile but I was dying inside,” is so beautifully sad. She does this kind of heartache song better than anyone else.
The Road From No. 1
McEntire followed Read My Mind with Starting Over, a collection of cover songs that sold platinum and produced one top ten hit: a cover of Lee Greenwood’s “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands.” McEntire would return to No. 1 – and to multi-platinum sales – with her next studio album, What if it’s You. We will cover its lead single later in 1996.
“And Still” gets a B+.
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