Written by Rick Bowles and Jeff Silbar
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 22, 1991
Alabama tread water with this anemic ballad.
The Road to No. 1
After four No. 1 singles from their 1990 set, Pass it On Down, Alabama released their second hits collection, Greatest Hits II. Featuring three new tracks, the two of them released as singles found the band in a holding pattern. They’d explore some new sounds with their next studio set, but the two chart toppers on Hits tread familiar and tired ground.
The No. 1
“Then Again” is an eighties power ballad that’s too scared to be an eighties power ballad, so it strips out some of the bombast but forgets to put in a melody or a memorable lyric.
The band sounds lost, like it doesn’t know if it’s supposed to lean into their country roots or pump things up to the scale of another “The Closer You Get.”
Randy Owen takes so long to finally get going that when he does start to show some emotion, it feels like it comes out of nowhere, going from 0 to 80 at the tail end of the record.
It’s a dull and lifeless affair, and one of their weakest chart-toppers.
The Road From No. 1
There’s another single on the way from Greatest Hits II, and it’s not much better. But it will be featured when we get to 1992.
“Then Again” gets a C.