Written by Bobby Boyd and Joe Doyle
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
December 1, 1995
Alabama takes a Linda Davis cover to the top.
The Road to No. 1
“She Ain’t Your Ordinary Girl” went to No. 1 as the lead-off single from In Pictures. The title track followed it to No. 1
The No. 1
Randy Owen gives a subtle and restrained performance, and it heightens the emotional impact of the story he’s telling about an estranged father watching his daughter grow up from a distance.
The production doesn’t support his performance well. Everything about it screams, “this is an important record about a serious subject.” It’s somehow both too slow and too bombastic.
Even when they’re working with strong material, mid-nineties Alabama sounds like an oldies act, much like Conway Twitty and Ronnie Milsap did earlier in the decade.
The Road From No. 1
Their next single, “It Works,” was one of the finest records they ever released. It barely went top twenty. It was followed by “Say I,” which scraped the bottom of the top forty, becoming their lowest-charting single since 1977. They rebounded with the fifth single, “The Maker Said Take Her,” which went top five. They’d return to the top in 1997 with the lead single from their next album, making 1996 their first year without a No. 1 single since 1979.
“In Pictures” gets a B.
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