“Somewhere Other Than the Night”
Written by Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks
#1 (1 week)
January 16, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 8, 1993
The biggest star of the nineties has the first No. 1 single of 1993.
The Road to No. 1
After topping the charts with “The River,” the final single from Ropin’ the Wind, Garth released “We Shall Be Free,” the lead single from his fourth studio album, The Chase. It became his lowest-charting single to date, but the album sold well throughout the holiday season and the second single brought him back to No. 1.
The No. 1
So this is one of the best songs that Garth Brooks has ever written.
It’s a powerful storyline about a farmer and his wife rekindling their marriage on a rainy day, with vivid details leading to strong characterization. We get an intimate look at both the husband and wife, the former feeling frustrated by the challenges of his work, and the latter feeling overlooked and only needed by him when the lights go down. Garth can actually write believable women into his songs, which is a rare feat for male country artists these days.
The only thing holding the record back from a perfect grade is his vocal. This is where we start to hear that odd operatic approach to ballads, and after all these years, it’s still just as off-putting. He just sounds better when he leans into his twang.
The Road From No. 1
This kicks off another lengthy run of consecutive No. 1 singles for Garth, so we’ll see him a lot more this year than we did in 1992.
“Somewhere Other Than the Night” gets a B+.