Written by Clint Black
#1 (2 weeks)
March 23 – March 30, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 8, 1991
Clint Black pushes back on the sophomore slump with the first No. 1 single from his second studio album.
The Road to No. 1
After reaching No. 1 with all five singles from his debut album, Killin’ Time, Clint Black missed the top spot with “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” the lead single and title track from his sophomore set. With the second single from this album, he returned to the penthouse.
The No. 1
There’s an old saying that you have your entire life to write your first album, and nine months to make your second. It could be especially challenging for country artists back in the day, who were expected to release a new album every year, while also promoting and touring in support of their current release.
“Loving Blind” reflects the challenge of this situation. The song itself isn’t nearly as strong as those on Black’s landmark debut album. There isn’t much of a melody, and the lyric isn’t as clever or focused as Black’s best work.
But it also benefits from Black’s experience in the recording studio. He has a better sense of when to use his vocal to create a greater intensity than the song has on paper, particularly toward the end of the second verse. The arrangement is also fantastic, with the best steel guitar and fiddle to feature on a Clint Black single to date.
The Road From No. 1
After “Loving Blind,” RCA released “One More Payment,” Black’s lowest-charting single so far. After it went top ten, a fourth single was sent to radio, which will be covered later this year.
“Loving Blind” gets a B-.