“Till You Love Me”
Written by Gary Burr and Bob DiPiero
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 20, 1995
Reba goes full diva with a romantic power ballad.
The Road to No. 1
After her Grammy-winning duet with Linda Davis, “Does He Love You,” went No. 1 in 1993, Reba McEntire went top ten with “They Asked About You,” the second single from Greatest Hits Volume Two. She then previewed her next studio album, Read My Mind, with the top five hit “Why Haven’t I Heard From You,” which was followed by the top twenty hit, “She Thinks His Name Was John.” This made 1994 the first year since 1984 that McEntire didn’t have a No. 1 single. She made up for lost time quickly in 1995, rattling off three consecutive No. 1 hits.
The No. 1
This is one of Reba’s strongest vocal performances. She cracks with emotion at all of the right places, solidly selling the emotional desperation of the lyric.
Tony Brown got confused somewhere along the way though, and thought he was recording a Whitney Houston ballad, complete with dramatic crescendos that distract from McEntire’s performance.
It’s telling that the only No. 1 single from Read My Mind that really works is the one that keeps things more grounded in country instrumentation. McEntire is not a pop singer, and trying to present her as one undermines her peerless strength as a pure country vocalist.
“Till You Love Me” is held back by the production choices made by Brown and McEntire, but my God, that vocal is a still a wonder to behold.
The Road From No. 1
Two more No. 1 singles are on the way from Read My Mind in 1995.
“Till You Love Me” gets a B-.
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