There is quite a bit of irony in the fact that Reba McEntire is making her long awaited return to country music (bearing new tunes) with a song titled “Going Out Like That,” because the Queen of Country is doing nothing short of storming back in with this new musical treat. With her first release under new record label Nash Icon (a subsidiary of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group), Reba paves the way for the resurgence of female soloists from the very first line of her track.
Perhaps Reba’s most well-known song from her over thirty year career is “Fancy,” the song about a young woman in a red dress who is forced by her mother to hit the streets to support her family. The opening lyric of “Going Out Like That” is an immediate transport back to the days of “Fancy,” cleverly stating “It’s been awhile since she put that red dress on and slipped into those high heels.”
The beauty of Reba’s new release is that she successfully infuses her own traditional style of storytelling with a high energy, sassy delivery that is prominent in modern country music. Bursting with confidence, the song tells the story of a girl who has just gone through a breakup, but refuses to let adversity keep her down for long. While people, namely her former love, anticipate that she will come apart after the relationship does, she holds her head high, gets dressed to the nines, and reemerges into the world anew.
The bold chorus goes:
He thought she’d be sitting home crying; she ain’t going out like that. She’s had enough of feeling like dying; she ain’t going out like that. Everybody, here comes the life of the party, yeah she is. He might have left her broken hearted, but she ain’t going, going out like that.
Reba’s first single since 2011’s trifecta off All the Woman I Am, “Going Out Like That” serves as an anthem of self-assurance, courageousness, and healing for anybody hurting due to love lost. With relatable lyrics, a catchy melody, and Reba’s uniquely identifiable and legendary vocals, this new single should have a hand in swaying the country music pendulum back toward gender neutral ground.