“Your Love is a Miracle”
Written by Bill Kenner and Mark Wright
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 6, 1991
Mark Chesnutt scores a third and final No. 1 hit from his MCA debut.
The Road to No. 1
Following “Brother Jukebox” and “Blame it On Texas,” MCA bet on “Your Love is a Miracle” to keep the streak going, and somewhat miraculously, they won.
The No. 1
I say that because this is a tepid effort all around.
Listening to Chesnutt’s performances on Too Cold at Home, it’s hard to shake the feeling that he wasn’t a priority for producer Wright, who didn’t do much to encourage the band backing Chesnutt to show some enthusiasm, or do much to coax strong vocals from the new artist at the mic.
He did, however, manage to place five songs of his on the album, including this one and the previous chart-topper, “Blame it On Texas.”
Chesnutt will soon prove himself to be one of the finest vocalists of his generation, so it’s a bummer to go back and hear him deliver a mediocre performance that he would’ve knocked out of the park on the next album. He’s still shaking off his George Strait discipleship here, and he tries to deliver a romantic song the way Strait would instead of leaning in to his own strengths as a singer.
He’s still good enough to make the record a decent listen, but this is far from being essential Mark Chesnutt.
The Road From No. 1
After a fifth top ten single, “Broken Promise Land,” Chesnutt returned with the first single from his sophomore MCA set. “Old Flames Have New Names” didn’t top the chart, but like the rest of that album, Longnecks and Short Stories, it showcases that singer’s newfound confidence as well as his access to stronger material. We’ll see the second single from that set, which is one of Chesnutt’s finest performances, in 1992.
“Your Love is a Miracle” gets a B-.