“No Future in the Past”
Written by Vince Gill and Carl Jackson
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 2, 1993
Another stone cold country weeper from Vince Gill.
The Road to No. 1
Vince Gill reaches the middle of his ten consecutive No. 1 run.
The No. 1
“No Future in the Past” follows the “When I Call Your Name” template, with an identical two stanza verse – chorus – instrumental break – chorus structure. That chorus goes for the same plaintive bluegrass wail of his breakout hit as well.
What’s missing in this retread is the aching sense of desperation, which might be directly connected to the missing Patty Loveless harmony vocal. She might have been recovering from vocal surgery when this album was recorded. Her absence is present here.
It’s still a very good record. Vince Gill sounds fantastic, and the pure country arrangement is timeless. Anyone from Ray Price to Ricky Van Shelton would sound just as much at home over the backing track.
But it’s still the weakest single from I Still Believe in You, which isn’t as much a criticism of “No Future in the Past” as it is a credit to the other four releases from the album.
The Road From No. 1
George Jones makes a cameo in the video and the lyrics of Gill’s next chart-topping single.
“No Future in the Past” gets a B.
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