Written by Michael Clark and Jeff Stevens
#1 (1 week)
November 27, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 19, 1993
Alabama reconnects with the youthful energy of their earliest records.
The Road to No. 1
Alabama’s American Pride was their last album to produce three No. 1 singles. Their next studio set, Cheap Seats, would produce only one No. 1 single, its first.
The No. 1
“Reckless” has Alabama roleplaying as younger than their years, as the narrator notes to his beau, “You’re daddy’s got plans for you, and mine thinks I’m in school.”
The track does its best to capture the reckless energy of the lyric within the confines of a typically pedestrian Alabama production. The musicians never quite get there, but the band’s harmonies do enough of the heavy lifting to make the record work.
It’s a fun, energetic effort that serves a callback to their earlier hits, while also positioning them as being just as able to speak to the new, younger audience of country music when they put their minds to it.
The Road From No. 1
“T.L.C. A.S.A.P.” followed “Reckless,” and it went top ten. Then the title cut became the first Alabama single to miss the Billboard top ten since “My Home’s in Alabama” in 1980. RCA chose to stop after three singles and move on to Greatest Hits Vol. 3, which was led off with my personal favorite Alabama single, “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore.” It went top ten. Then the second single from the hits collection returned them to the top. We’ll cover it in 1995.
“Reckless” gets a B.
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