Track Review: Reba McEntire, ‘Oh, How I Love Jesus’
Veteran country superstar Reba McEntire returns with in 2017 with a country-gospel album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope (February 3, 2017). Ahead of the album, McEntire released six singles, including the powerful hymn, “Oh, How I Love Jesus.”
“Oh, How I Love Jesus” initiates with a thoughtful intro. The intro foreshadows what is to come, building up excitement. Foreshadowing the forthcoming energy proves to be a great touch. Furthermore, it eliminates the typical blasé introduction to the beloved hymn. The soundness of the record doesn’t stop at the intro. Throughout its course, superb country-gospel production work propels the overall performance. The result is a well-rounded record that plays true to Reba’s roots.
Expectedly, Reba delivers pure, nuanced vocals. Although she enters her 62nd year, she sounds top-notch. In reiteration, the production – particular the touches – is magnificent. Those touches include backing vocals, guitar, piano, organ, pedal steel, and etc. While the verses are flawlessly executed, the crème de la crème is clearly the timeless, beautiful refrain: “Oh how I love Jesus.”
Ultimately, Reba McEntire delivers a stunning take on a classic hymn. Amen!