Written by Mac McAnally and Mark Miller
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 3, 1995
Sawyer Brown collects their biggest nineties hits alongside this new single.
The Road to No. 1
After “Thank God For You” went to No. 1, Outskirts of Town produced two additional top five hits: “The Boys and Me” and “Hard to Say.” The band then previewed their Greatest Hits 1990-1995 compilation with the lead single, “This Time.”
The No. 1
This is the least distinctive No. 1 single of Sawyer Brown’s career.
That doesn’t make it the weakest, of course. “Step That Step” still happened. But Miller’s buoyant personality feels oddly reserved, and the initially encouraging arrangement never blossoms into anything interesting.
I do love this line from the chorus: “Just one time I want to think it over before we speak our minds.” That’s a keeper.
“This Time” just doesn’t live up to the hits it’s surrounded by on the hits collection.
The Road From No. 1
The second single from Hits went top ten – “I Don’t Believe in Goodbye.” Sawyer Brown then launched their next album, This Thing Called Wantin’ and Havin’ it All with the title track, which just missed the top ten. After the second single, “‘Round Here,” went top twenty, the band returned to the top with their final No. 1 single of the decade. We’ll cover it when we get to 1996.
“This Time” gets a B-.
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