“Nothing Short of Dying”
Written by Travis Tritt
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 15, 1992
Travis Tritt goes fully traditional for the last in his string of consecutive No. 1 singles.
The Road to No. 1
“Nothing Short of Dying” is the fifth consecutive No. 1 single for Travis Tritt, and the fourth from his best-selling studio album, It’s All About to Change.
The No. 1
“Nothing Short of Dying” is one of Tritt’s strongest compositions, and it should’ve been one of his best records of this era.
But by going purely traditional with the arrangement, Tritt sounds like he’s holding back, as if he’s slightly out of his element. The lyric is sharp and its desperation palpable, but Tritt never fully engages with it.
He could be very guilty of going over the top on some of his later records, but here, he needed to be more intense in his vocal delivery. He doesn’t sound like his hurt is nothing short of dying. He sounds like he forgot to fill up on gas and he’s running a little late for work.
The Road From No. 1
Tritt’s next single was the top five hit, “Lord Have Mercy On the Working Man,” which led off his third Warner Bros. set, t-r-o-u-b-l-e. That album would produce only one No. 1 hit. We’ll get to it in early 1993.
“Nothing Short of Dying” gets a B-.
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