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*** REBA McENTIRE, "What If It's You," MCA. This country queen sounds more inspired than she has in years. A stripped-down, heartland-rock approach puts her closer to the music than she's gotten with her grandiose symphonic country-pop of late.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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