Written by Billy Livsey and Don Schlitz
#1 (1 week)
November 20, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 12, 1993
Mark Chesnutt is bringing Billy Sherrill back.
The Road to No. 1
Almost Goodbye was led off by the No. 1 single “It Sure is Monday.” The title track was the second single sent to radio, and it replicated the success of the lead single.
The No. 1
Mark Chesnutt is known as one of the traditionalist titans of his time, so what to make of this string-drenched ballad?
My take: It’s an homage to those dramatic domestic disturbance records released by George Jones and produced by Billy Sherill.
“Almost Goodbye” captures a near breakup following a fight where “everything we said, we made sure the neighbors heard.” But before it goes too far, as they reach the moment where it all comes “down to one word – but you couldn’t say it and I couldn’t say it.”
So the drama of the record comes from the strings, which imply an alternative timeline where our narrator didn’t hold his tongue, and all that would’ve been lost if he or his partner hadn’t stepped back from the precipice.
As he notes in the bridge, “sometimes the most important words are the ones that you leave unspoken.”
The Road From No. 1
Another great single from Almost Goodbye is on the way, and it follows on the heels of Chesnutt’s surprise Horizon Award victory at the 1993 CMA Awards. We’ll cover it in early 1994.
“Almost Goodbye” gets an A.
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