Reba McEntire

If You See Him

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To stir interest in her record as well as Brooks & Dunn's, Reba McEntire recorded a duet with the duo called "If You See Him/If You See Her," and both artists named their respective new albums after the song. It was a way to draw attention for both parties, since they were no longer new guns -- they were veterans in danger of losing ground to younger musicians. Brooks & Dunn happened to deliver an enjoyable, albeit workmanlike, album, which only puts in perspective the opportunity McEntire missed with If You See Him. She remains a powerful, charismatic vocalist, but she's stripped away many of her country roots on this record, deciding to craft a country-pop album that plays as an adult contemporary record. Her pop material isn't bad in small doses, but it simply doesn't have the same personality or variety as her country material. And that's the problem with If You See Him -- McEntire has enough presence to make you aware of what she's capable of achieving, and then she doesn't deliver.

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