“If You’ve Got Love”
John Michael Montgomery
Written by Mark D. Sanders and Steve Seskin
#1 (1 week)
December 10, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 25, 1994
John Michael Montgomery’s No. 1 hit streak continues.
The Road to No. 1
Montgomery’s previous No. 1 hit, “Be My Baby Tonight,” initiated a career-best string of four consecutive chart toppers. This one serves as the final single from his biggest-selling album, Kickin’ it Up.
The No. 1
The dividing line between sincere and sappy is a narrow one. John Michael Montgomery flies right past it here.
The sentiment is fine, but the songwriting is too vague to get its point across. It talks about all of these amazing things that can be done through the power of love, but doesn’t connect it to the how or the why.
“You can turn an ordinary picture into a priceless work of art. That’s what you can do if you’ve got love in your heart.”
Okay, then. How does that work? Why could Frida Khalo pull it off so much better than Thomas Kinkade?
Because it takes more than love in your heart to make a great piece of art. To turn an ordinary record into a classic country song, you need memorable songwriting, stellar musicianship, and a strong vocal performance to bring it all together.
“If You’ve Got Love” has none of that, regardless of how much love was in their hearts when they were putting it together.
The Road From No. 1
Another power ballad done better by All-4-One is up next. We’ll get to it in early 1995.
“If You’ve Got Love” gets a C-.
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