“So Help Me Girl”
Written by Howard Perdew and Andy Spooner
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 31, 1995
Joe Diffie returns with a ballad that could use some help.
The Road to No. 1
Joe Diffie enjoyed two previous No. 1 hits from Third Rock From the Sun – the title track and “Pickup Man” – and earned one more with the third single from the album.
The No. 1
Joe Diffie’s talent as a balladeer was second to none, which is why it’s all the more surprising how lackluster this particular record is.
I think the issue is the song itself. There isn’t a memorable melody or compelling hook, so Diffie spends most of his time in a lower gear, almost talking the lyrics instead of singing them.
Things pick up once he lets loose with his vocals toward the end and we get to hear some of his range.
It’s better by him than it would’ve been by John Michael Montgomery, yet still far beneath the standard set by his classic ballads.
The Road From No. 1
The fourth single from Third Rock was “I’m in Love With a Capital ‘U’,” which justly missed the top twenty. The fifth and final single, the gorgeous “That Road Not Taken,” then unjustly barely cracked the top forty. Diffie returns to No. 1 in 1996 with the lead single from his fifth studio album.
“So Help Me Girl” gets a C.
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