“She’s Every Woman“
Written by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw
#1 (1 week)
October 21, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 6, 1995
Garth Brooks returns with the lead single from his sixth studio album.
The Road to No. 1
After “Callin’ Baton Rouge” topped the chart in 1994, Garth Brooks was absent from the charts for a stretch. He returned with “She’s Every Woman,” which went to No. 1 so quickly that its album, Fresh Horses, was still a month away from release.
The No. 1
Garth borrowed heavily from two of his biggest influences to craft “She’s Every Woman,” which he co-wrote with singer-songwriter Victoria Shaw.
The arrangement is early James Taylor, and the lyric takes some spiritual influence from Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman.” The songwriting is warmed over and clunky, but Brooks compensates for that with a earnest performance.
It’s not one of his stronger efforts, which will be a pattern with the singles from this album.
The Road From No. 1
“She’s Every Woman” was followed by a rewritten cover of Aerosmith’s “The Fever,” which was too intense for country radio and peaked outside the top twenty. He’ll return to the top in 1997 with another rodeo-themed single.
“She’s Every Woman” gets a B-.
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