“That Ain’t No Way to Go”
Brooks & Dunn
Written by Kix Brooks, Don Cook, and Ronnie Dunn
#1 (1 week)
June 11, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 3, 1994
Brooks & Dunn close out their sophomore set with their seventh No. 1 single.
The Road to No. 1
Kix Brooks came a bit closer to topping the chart with a lead vocal when “Rock My World (Little Country Girl)” peaked at No. 2. He was a co-writer on their next single, which topped both charts in June 1994.
The No. 1
Lipstick messages were apparently a big thing in the nineties. Here, it’s “Goodbye, baby” written across the bathroom mirror.
The women in Brooks & Dunn songs will get increasingly less plausible with time, but aside from that opening vignette, the focus here is on the broken hearted man she left behind, who’s going to “make a whiskey wish upon a star” as he tries to process “what must be a bad dream.”
Dunn sings the fire out of this one, putting real pathos into every reading of “that ain’t no way to go.” His way with a ballad could match any of his nineties peers, and help glaze over the decreasingly believable character setups of their songs, at least when the tempo was slowed down.
The Road From No. 1
Their third album would produce their next No. 1 single with its leadoff hit, and we’ll get to it later in 1994.
“That Ain’t No Way to Go” gets a B+.
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