“Fast Movin’ Train”
Written by Dave Loggins
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 23, 1990
“Fast Movin’ Train” is the sound of a superstar band slowing down.
The Road to No. 1
As the nineties began, Restless Heart was the band to beat in country music. A string of hits that commenced with two top ten singles from their 1985 debut album set the groundwork for Wheels, their sophomore effort that produced four consecutive No. 1 singles, including their first crossover hit, “I’ll Still Be Loving You.” The album became their first of four consecutive studio sets to earn a gold certification.
Two more No. 1 hits were produced by their third album, Big Dreams in a Small Town, which included an additional two top ten singles. They previewed their fourth studio set with the title track, which would become their final chart topper.
The No. 1
“Fast Movin’ Train” was written by Dave Loggins, who was responsible for several major country hits in the eighties. The title is a bit misleading, as the song itself plods along at a meandering pace, undercutting the lyric’s central metaphor.
The band’s low energy and the generic musicianship combine for a remarkably boring record, one better suited for late night Adult Contemporary rotation than the exciting country radio landscape of the time. Before too long, records like this just weren’t going to cut it anymore.
The Road From No. 1
Fast Movin’ Train managed to match the gold sales of its predecessors, despite less support from radio than those preceding sets. It was followed by one of their best singles, “You Can Depend On Me,” which had more of a bluegrass feel and became their final hit with original lead singer Larry Stewart.
A fourth gold album followed, Big Iron Horses, which was powered by the major crossover hit “When She Cries” and its AC-dominating follow-up, “Tell Me What You Dream,” which was added to the album after release to capitalize on their pop success. A final RCA album with produced no hits at any format, leading to the band taking a hiatus before eventually reuniting with Larry Stewart, whose own solo career had stalled after scoring one hit (“Alright Already”) on the country charts.
Since reuniting in the late nineties, the band has remained active on the touring circuit, though they haven’t released any new material outside a Christmas album in 2013.
“Fast Movin’ Train” gets a C.
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