“Here We Are”
Written by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Vince Gill
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 2, 1991
A soaring Alabama hit co-written by Vince Gill.
The Road to No. 1
Pass it On Down had already achieved three chart-toppers among its first four singles. For the first time ever, Alabama pulled a fifth single from a studio album, and it replicated the achievement of its three predecessors.
The No. 1
“Here We Are” has a fantastic pedigree, being written by legendary songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman and rising superstar Vince Gill.
Those soaring Alabama harmonies are put to effective use, with a light and boisterous production further elevating the record.
As a song, it feels like a test run at Gill’s anniversary standard, “Look at Us,” documenting the hardships a relationship has experienced and endured. It doesn’t have the timelessness of that classic, but any time you have a song about a long-running partnership that has ebbed and flowed over the years, it feels like music for adults.
Part of the reason that early nineties country is knocking it out of the park is because it’s being aimed at an older audience. Keep this in mind as the decade progresses.
The Road From No. 1
The next two singles from Alabama will be new tracks included on their second hits collection. We will see them both soon.
“Here We Are” gets a B+.
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