Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Videography: Reba McEntire (Part III - The Mid 90's)

In the mid 90's, Reba was exhausted with her grand, epic mini movie style music videos. Therefore, most of the videos from this era featured simple sets and concepts...okay, basically no concepts.

Title: "Why Haven't I Heard From You"
Album: Read My Mind (1994)
Song Premise: A woman is frustrated that a man won't call her on the phone.
Video Premise: Reba sings and dances around a beauty salon.

Comments: I think this one is supposed to be "fun" like "Take it Back" is supposed to be "fun". But, you know, it's just kind of lame and silly. Still, she and her dancers seem really into the idea.

Order: 19
Title: "She Thinks His Name Was John"
Album: Read My Mind (1994)
Song Premise: The story of a woman who contracts AIDS from a one night stand.
Video Premise: Reba on stage...with track lighting...with a slideshow of happy couples behind her.

Comments: Fail!!! This is an awesome story song, and yet all we have is Reba singing on a stage. Grrr. There is nothing more frustrating then a story song with a video like this. Why? WHY!?

Order: 20
Title: "Till You Love Me"
Album: Read My Mind (1994)
Song Premise: Your basic “hopelessly devoted” song.
Video Premise: Reba on stage...with track lighting.

Comments: Zzzzzzzzzzz....

Order: 21
Title: "And Still"
Album: Read My Mind (1994)
Song Premise: After running into a former flame and meeting his wife, a woman realizes that she is still in love with him.
Video Premise: It begins "somewhere in central America" with Reba riding on a bus with a bunch of children. She then has flashbacks of a man building a house. Reba plays piano for the children and sings when one of them announces "the doctor is coming!" And, ta dah, it's the guy from Reba's flashbacks. Reba and the doctor have a lovely dinner while the flashbacks continue. But low and behold, the doctor's wife and son show up. The doctor leaves with his family and Reba remains doing missionary work.

Comments:Okay, this is much better. This one is beautifully shot and catches the mood of the song. However, I can't help but wonder, why central America? To me it gives off this creepy Angelina Jolie vibe. But maybe the foreign setting adds to the melodrama.

Order: 22
Title: "On My Own" (With Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, and Linda Davis)
Album: Starting Over Again (1995)
Song Premise: A woman discusses her break up with her friends.
Video Premise: Reba, Trisha, Martina, and Linda play poker, then prepare for a concert, then sing on stage.

Comments: This song sucks. I especially hate the Kenny G intro. Still, the funnest thing about this video is seeing how the four singers interact with one another. If the song were better, I might like the video more.

Order: 23
Title: Starting Over Again
Album: Starting Over Again (1995)
Song Premise: A woman observes her parents' divorce and how
Video Premise: Reba on stage with an orchestra.

Comments: Wow, this is really is the era of sparse production isn't it?

Order: 24
Title: "The Fear of Being Alone"
Album: What If It's You (1996)
Song Premise: A woman assures a man he doesn't love her, that it's only a one night stand.
Video Premise: Reba sings in a recording studio.

Comments: Zzzzzzzzzz... 2.0.

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