“More Than You’ll Ever Know“
Written by Travis Tritt
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 1, 1996
Travis Tritt’s final No. 1 single of the decade is one of his best.
The Road to No. 1
After releasing two singles from Greatest Hits: From the Beginning, including a top ten cover of Steve Earle’s “Sometimes She Forgets,” Tritt previewed his fifth studio album for Warner Bros. with his final No. 1 hit of the decade.
The No. 1
When I wrote about Travis Tritt’s “Tell Me I Was Dreaming,” I criticized the emotionally manipulative music video that brute forced the record up the charts.
On “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” Tritt delivers one of the best ballads of his career, and the video beautifully enhances the message of the song. It’s my favorite clip of his career.
As for the song, Tritt shows his sensitive side and it is remarkably touching. It’s the kind of song that any man who has trouble expressing his feelings can play for his partner. Hallmark wishes its greeting cards could be this good.
The Restless Kind is arguably Tritt’s most underrated album of the nineties, and this single represents its treasures well. It’s very much worth revisiting.
The Road From No. 1
Radio wasn’t as supportive of the rest of this project as it was of the lead single, but the next four singles from The Restless Kind are all winners: the top ten “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” the top thirty “She’s Going Home With Me,” the top twenty duet with Lari White, “Helping Me Get Over You,” and the top thirty “Still in Love With You.”
After radio gave a cool reception to his next album, No More Looking Over My Shoulder, Tritt took the album title to heart and exited the Warner Bros. roster. He resurfaced at Sony in the new decade with one of the biggest albums of his career, making a return to the No. 1 slot with “Best of Intentions” in 2000. So while we won’t see Tritt again this decade, we’ll see him when this feature stretches beyond the nineties.
“More Than You’ll Ever Know” gets an A.
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