“She Never Lets it Go to Her Heart“
Written by Tom Shapiro and Chris Waters
#1 (2 weeks)
August 31 – September 7, 1996
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 23, 1996
A weak vocal performance derails a decent song.
The Road to No. 1
After topping at least one chart with “I Like it, I Love it” and “Can’t Be Really Gone,” Tim McGraw released “All I Want is a Life” as the third single from his third album, All I Want. It went top five. He returned to No. 1 on both lists with the fourth single from the album.
The No. 1
I’m not sure why Tim McGraw decided to co-produce his fourth album, Everywhere. Perhaps his success producing Jo Dee Messina inspired him. What I am sure about is that after he stepped into that role, he never committed this weak of a vocal performance to tape again.
The song itself is nice, with a message that resonates: Jealousy reflects your lack of trust in your partner, not her potential suitors. But McGraw’s performance is painful to the ears, a prolonged and strained whine that is agony to listen to.
He does so much better when he taps into his lower register. That lesson already surfaced on the stronger tracks on All I Want and it’s all over Everywhere. It’s hard to believe, listening to this record, that he’s got an era-defining album chock full of brilliant singles right around the corner. But he does.
The Road From No. 1
“Maybe We Should Just Sleep On it” was the final single from the album, and it went top five. He launched his next album with his new wife by his side, and together, they released the biggest hit of both of their careers up until that point. We’ll cover that hit in 1997.
“She Never Lets it Go to Her Heart” gets a C-.
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