“Two of a Kind, Workin’ On a Full House”
Written by Bobby Boyd, Warren Dale Haynes, and Dennis Robbins
#1 (1 week)
April 6, 1991
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
March 15 – March 22, 1991
Garth Brooks earns his fifth No. 1 hit of the nineties with a Dennis Robbins cover.
The Road to No. 1
After releasing three career records in a row – “The Dance,” “Friends in Low Places,” and “Unanswered Prayers” – Garth Brooks releases a fun romp that had originally been recorded and released by its co-writer.
The No. 1
It’s easy to take a single like this for granted, especially one slotted between the classics mentioned above and its follow-up, “The Thunder Rolls.”
But while this might fall short of the ridiculous standard set by Garth Brooks singles in the early nineties, it’s still a gem. Brooks mimics the signature phrasing that always made Robbins records so charming, while still bringing enough of his own style to the table to make his cover unique and distinctive from the original recording.
Once again, Brooks recording this before he was the biggest country star around keeps him from going overboard with the arrangement and his performance. This helps to preserve the down home charm of the lyric.
It’s the weakest single from No Fences, for sure. But that’s hardly a scarlet letter, giving how uniformly excellent all of the singles are.
The Road From No. 1
Brooks will continue his chart-topping run for the forseeable future, and with his next release, he’ll take a page from the Madonna playbook with a controversial music video.
“Two of a Kind, Workin’ On a Full House” gets a B+.