Written by Josh Leo and Jim Photoglo
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 4, 1993
Alabama tops the chart with a small town love song.
The Road to No. 1
American Pride was a big hit for Alabama, and its fourth single followed its two predecessors to the top.
The No. 1
“Hometown Honeymoon” is standard Alabama album filler.
The problem with Alabama is that they mostly made album filler, so it was rare to have an album produce a string of excellent singles, even if radio put all of them in heavy rotation.
This particular effort is warmhearted and benefits from some excellent fiddle work that keeps things humming along nicely.
The concept is thin and forgettable, but they do their best to sell it. But you can tell when Randy Owen knows he has a winner. You get a vocal from him that’s more energetic than what he does here.
The Road From No. 1
They’ve got another No. 1 single on deck this year, from their next album, The Cheap Seats. But American Pride signals the end of an era. It was the last Alabama album to produce three No. 1 singles. The hitmaking machine is starting to slow down.
“Hometown Honeymoon” gets a B-.
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