Broken Heartland

PERFORMER: REBA MCENTIRE

ALBUM: IT'S YOUR CALL

LABEL: MCA

THE BOTTOM LINE: Call them relaxing or cathartic, these vocals from one of the best country singers linger in the mind.

COUNTRY MUSIC AT ITS WORST IS like Marlboro Country, peopled with pseudo cowboys in tight jeans, ten-gallon hats and boots made from cute animals. One senses a moral cancer beneath the surface: the all-American spirit of the music, far from including all Americans, actually seems a form of exclusion for people and issues. For years, the androgynous singer k.d. lang was locked out of main-stream country. Garth Brooks caught flak for...

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