Written by Annie Roboff and Craig Wiseman
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 29, 1996
Diamond Rio makes its fourth trip to the top spot.
The Road to No. 1
After “Love a Little Stronger” went No. 1, the album of the same name produced three more hits: the top ten “Night is Fallin’ in My Heart” and the top twenty “Bubba Hyde” and “Finish What We Started.” They returned to No. 1 with the first single from their fourth studio album.
The No. 1
“Walkin’ Away” taps into the same vein as “Meet in the Middle” and “Love a Little Stronger” before it. Love requires resilience, and both partners need to put the work in to keep it going.
I’d put it a notch above “Stronger.” “Meet in the Middle” is a much higher bar to clear.
The harmonies are on point, and Marty Roe’s lead vocal provides its usual distinction to their work. Much like Ronnie Dunn, Marty Roe could’ve given the very stacked Male Vocalist lineups of the nineties a run for their money.
It’s not one of their essential records, but it’s good enough to round out a hits collection.
The Road From No. 1
IV produced three more singles. Two of them went top five (“That’s What I Get For Lovin’ You,” “Holdin’.”) “It’s All in Your Head” went top fifteen. They’d return to the top in 1997 with the lead single from their Greatest Hits set.
“Walkin’ Away” gets a B+.
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