“I’ll Think of Something”
Written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice
#1 (1 week)
August 29, 1992
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 14, 1992
Mark Chesnutt improves upon an early Hank Williams, Jr. hit.
The Road to No. 1
Mark Chesnutt followed his trio of No. 1 singles from Too Cold at Home with the top ten hit, “Broken Promise Land.” Chesnutt then led off his Longnecks and Short Stories collection with the top five hit, “Old Flames Have New Names.” The album’s only No. 1 single was sent to radio next.
The No. 1
Chesnutt comes completely into his vocalist talent with this record, which is one of his finest performances ever.
The Hank Williams Jr. original was already a solid record, held back only by Williams not having fully come into his talent as a vocalist; he would’ve nailed it if he recorded it a few years later.
Chesnutt does nail it, giving a nuanced vocal performance that weaves together stubborn resilience and desperate heartache, capturing the anguish of a man who is determined to get over a relationship and move on, but being held back by just how brokenhearted that he is.
It’s one of the best ballads of the nineties and further evidence of Chesnutt’s essential contributions to country music.
The Road From No. 1
Two more big top five hits from Longnecks & Short Stories followed: “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” and “Ol’ Country.” Chesnutt would return to the top in 1993, as his third MCA album produced another trio of No. 1 hits.
“I’ll Think of Something” gets an A.
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