“You Better Think Twice“
Written by Vince Gill and Reed Nielsen
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
July 14, 1995
Vince Gill finds a killer groove.
The Road to No. 1
Vince Gill’s long run of No. 1 singles was interrupted by “Which Bridge to Cross (Which Bridge to Burn),” which went top five. He returned to the top with the fifth single from When Love Finds You.
The No. 1
Gill’s strength with ballads is beyond question, and when he finds the right groove, his uptempo numbers can also be winners.
“You Better Think Twice” has a killer groove, and shows Gill can be a bit rough around the edges and still deliver a strong performance.
The lyrics help him here, as he’s one of the few male artists who can credibly sound like his intentions are wholly sincere as he warns a woman about the roaming ways of his best friend.
There is never a moment where Gill suggests he’s got his own designs on this woman, and he even sounds pretty sympathetic toward his best friend who will never settle down.
It’s a very rare example of a platonic male-female friendship in a country song, and Gill pulls it off with aplomb.
The Road From No. 1
Two straight up masterpieces followed “You Better Think Twice,” and they both missed the top ten. “Go Rest High On That Mountain” was the final single from When Love Finds You, and it won Gill his fourth CMA Award for Song of the Year. He then previewed High Lonesome Sound with its title track, which won him another Grammy. He returned to the top five with that album’s second single, “Worlds Apart,” and it’s also one of his best. He finally earned another No. 1 single with the third single, which we’ll cover in 1997.
“You Better Think Twice” gets a B+.
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