For My Broken Heart
On March 16, 1991, eight members of McEntire's touring group were killed in an airplane crash near San Diego. Her grief over the loss found expression in one of her most poignant and enduring albums, For My Broken Heart. Themes of separation and loneliness tinge many of the tracks with melancholy, heightened by Reba's deeply expressive singing. "All Dressed Up (With Nowhere to Go)" deals with the isolation of the elderly, while "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" mourns the emotional distance between father and child. The longing for freedom heard in "Is There Life Out There" adds another shade of yearning. For balance, McEntire offers her version of the '70s pop story-song "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" with melodramatic flair. For all its meditations on sorrow, For My Broken Heart is ultimately a work of healing, as well as a modern-day country classic.