“A Good Run of Bad Luck”
Written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas
#1 (1 week)
May 7, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 29, 1994
Clint Black runs a good metaphor into the ground.
The Road to No. 1
Clint Black followed the No. 1 hit “No Time to Kill” with another excellent single, “State of Mind,” which went top five. His fourth single from No Time to Kill doubled as a single from the country star cameo-filled Maverick.
The No. 1
He’s just too clever for his own damn good here.
The conceit of using gambling references is fine, of course. “The Gambler” is one of the greatest country singles of all time. But the problem with “A Good Run of Bad Luck” is that the metaphor is the means to its own end. There’s no emotional hook at all.
Black spends this entire single in a dull monotone, like a low energy take on “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up”), as he squeezes in every card game line he can think of. The girl in question here only exists for the purpose of the gambling references. Even Brooks & Dunn would blush at a female song character this underdeveloped.
Not one of his better efforts, successful as it was at the time.
The Road From No. 1
No Time To Kill produced a fifth top five single with “Half the Man,” and then Black previewed his fifth album, One Emotion, with the top five hit “Untanglin’ My Mind.” The second single from that set will return him to the top in 1995.
“A Good Run of Bad Luck” gets a C.
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