“In This Life”
Written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin
#1 (2 weeks)
October 3- October 10, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 25, 1992
A gorgeous ballad becomes an instant wedding standard.
The Road to No. 1
After topping both charts for multiple weeks with “Love, Me,” Collin Raye had another top five hit with “Every Second.” He followed it with the lead single and title track from his sophomore album.
The No. 1
“In This Life” is among the best ballads of a career that’s full of them.
Raye’s already grown as a singer, and he nails the delivery of this intelligent and heartfelt ballad that was co-written by Mike Reid, who surprisingly didn’t keep it for himself.
Garth Fundis is best known for producing Trisha Yearwood, but you can hear on this track why he was so successful working with Don Williams for so many years. He keeps things clean and straightforward, and allows the lyric to shine as brightly as the singer delivering it.
Raye kicks off a run of extraordinary No. 1 singles to close out 1992.
The Road From No. 1
In This Life didn’t produce another No. 1 hit, but all three of its other singles went at least top ten: “I Want You Bad (and That Ain’t Good),” “Somebody Else’s Moon,” and “That Was a River.”
Raye kicked things into a higher gear with extremes, his third album. We’ll see him again in 1994 with a No. 1 hit from that set, and it’s his artistic highwater mark.
“In This Life” gets an A.
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