Entertainment Weekly - 11/26/99, p.99
"...TOGETHER's focus on the heart shows McEntire to still be one of the country's premiere purveyors of emotion." - Rating: B-
This is an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Reba McEntire, Jose Y Durvall (vocals); Steuart Smith (acoustic, electric & gut-string guitars); B. James Lowry, Mark Casstevens, John Wills (acoustic guitar); Brent Mason, Jeff King, Jerry McPherson, Steve Gibson, Brett Rowan (electric guitar); Paul Franklin, Terry Crisp (steel guitar); Larry Franklin, Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Gary Prim (piano, keyboards); John Jarvis, Steve Nathan (piano, synthesizer); John Hobbs (keyboards, synthesizer); Jimmy Nichols (keyboards); Richard "Spady" Brannan, Michael Rhodes, Glenn Worf (bass); Eddie Bayers, Paul Leim (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Wes Hightower, Harry Stinson, John Wesley Ryles, Liana Manis, Laura Vida, Thom Flora (background vocals).
Producers: Tony Brown, David Malloy, Keith Stegall, Reba McEntire, Guto Graca Mello.
Engineers include: Steve Marcantonio, Kevin Beamish, Jeff Balding.
"What Do You Say" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.
The sheer power of Reba McEntire's voice is an awesome thing. But it's the careful way she controls that power that makes SO GOOD TOGETHER a great CD. True, several tracks on the CD are big, pop-flavored production numbers that McEntire belts her way through, like the title track and the Diane Warren power ballad "I'll Be." But SO GOOD TOGETHER also contains some of the most honest-to-goodness country numbers McEntire's recorded in years, and the restraint she shows on those makes the material shine.
Listen to the way she almost whispers the final, tear-jerking chorus of the brilliant "What Do You Say," or the delicate, quiet way she narrates "She Wasn't Good Enough for Him," the story of a woman trapped in a co-dependent relationship. Another standout is "Back Before the War," a good old-fashioned divorce song. And her astonishing performance on "Roses"--a traditional, hard country song about a woman who takes the knowledge of her husband's infidelity to the grave--proves she still remembers her roots. With fine material all around, plus less bombast and more real country, McEntire's hit upon a formula that really does sound SO GOOD TOGETHER.