Retro Single Review: Tim McGraw, "Please Remember Me"

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April 15, 2012

1999 | Peak: #1

A lush and gorgeous ballad that is elevated by a Patty Loveless harmony vocal, this is arguably Tim McGraw's finest moment on record.

Originally recorded by co-writer Rodney Crowell, “Please Remember Me” was also covered by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville before McGraw included it on his 1999 album, A Place in the Sun.

His pleading performance gives the song its urgency, and the pop-flavored production, complete with strings, harkens back to the glory days of the Nashville sound.

Loveless once said that her job as a singer was to not get in the way of the song.  McGraw's best moments are when he finds a great song like this and gets out of the way.

Written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings

Grade: A

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  1. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    How on earth have I heard this song this many times without having been aware of the Patty Loveless harmony vocal? I can sure hear it now. It reminds me of Patty’s contributions to Vince Gill’s “When I Call Your Name,” which were beautiful as well. She has a way of subtly elevating a song when she sings background vocals.

    Definitely one of the best songs McGraw has ever gotten a hold of, and I agree that the Nashville sound influence adds a unique and interesting flavor to it. For all the negative talk one often hears about McGraw’s vocal abilities, great records like this show his lofty capabilities when he’s singing the right songs. Great review, Kevin.

  2. bobNo Gravatar says:

    Good song. I didn’t know that it was recorded by Crowell or about the Ronstadt-Neville cover (and I’m a big Ronstadt fan going back to her Stone Pony days). Enjoyed listening to both. Thanks. I have McGraw’s version on a greatest hits album.

  3. Motown MikeNo Gravatar says:

    This and Everywhere are easily my favorite Tim McGraw songs. Well McGraw has a lot of songs in his catalog that I really like these are the two that I love! Sometimes a good vocal performance, when done to allow a great song to speak for itself, can also become great. It’s what I think Tim did on Everywhere and as well does so here.

  4. Jake JNo Gravatar says:

    I know Tim’s quality of work has been, in a nice word, questionable these past couple of years but it’s the songs that he recorded from the late 90s and early 00s that give me hope that he will one day return to form.

  5. Tara SeetharamNo Gravatar says:

    Scotty McCreery, Tim McGraw you are not.

  6. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    AMEN, Tara! He has a good voice, but he can’t come close to the emotional nuance Tim brings to the song.

    I don’t like that they’re using “Please Remember Me” as the Idol elimination song either way though. I think it will just make people isolate the phrase “Remember me,” while totally missing the overall point of the song.

  7. Tara SeetharamNo Gravatar says:

    Totally agree, Ben.

  8. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    I so need to go back and listen to the ‘Place In the Sun’ album again.

  9. Hard TimesNo Gravatar says:

    Best. McGraw. Song. Ever.

    Anyone in the midst of a breakup will find this song both beautiful and crushing.

  10. Eleanore IsagbaNo Gravatar says:

    With his rugged good looks, catchy country tunes and superstar wife Faith Hill, Tim McGraw seems to have it all. After Garth Brooks’ heyday in the industry, Tim McGraw stepped in and has not left the spotlight. He first gained significant notoriety with his lead single, “Indian Outlaw,” from his sophomore album, Not a Moment Too Soon. The ballad eventually reached the Top Ten on the country charts and even placed on the pop charts, becoming an instant crossover hit. After the success of “Indian Outlaw,” it seemed McGraw could not be stopped. .

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