Written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 1, 1995
Clint Black earns another No. 1 single from his fifth RCA album.
The Road to No. 1
One Emotion produced three consecutive No. 1 hits: “Wherever You Go,” “Summer’s Comin’,” and the title track.
It’s like Clint Black was afflicted with temporary amnesia and forgot how to write a melody and a memorable lyric.
It hurts to listen to his singing on this track, which is especially baffling, as he was one of the finest singers of his era.
This is a tepid love song that runs out of ideas before it gets to the first chorus. It’s hard to believe this is the same man who wrote and recorded “No Time to Kill,” let alone “Killin’ Time.”
Black would wisely get off of the “one studio album per year” treadmill after this project, and his work will return to a higher standard for the remainder of the decade.
The Road From No. 1
Interestingly, the two singles that missed No. 1 from One Emotion were the best releases from the album: lead single “Untanglin’ My Mind,” and the final single, “Life Gets Away.” Black returns to the top in 1996 with a release from his first hits collection.
“One Emotion” gets a D.
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