“A Man This Lonely“
Brooks & Dunn
Written by Ronnie Dunn and Tommy Lee James
#1 (1 week)
February 22, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 7, 1997
Brooks & Dunn return to the top with a heartfelt ballad.
The Road to No. 1
After “My Maria” and “I am That Man” both went to No. 1, Borderline‘s third single, “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up For Nothing,” became Brooks & Dunn’s first single to miss the top ten. They rebounded with the fourth single from the album.
The No. 1
“A Man This Lonely” has what was missing on “I am That Man.”
The melody is strong, the production features more prominent country instrumentation, and the tempo moves along enough to keep the proceedings from dragging.
There’s also much more going on emotionally. What starts as a requiem for an abandoned heart slowly transforms into a statement of gratitude for the new woman in his life.
Dunn’s powerful vocal pivots from despondent to grateful without missing a beat, again reaffirming his place among the strongest male vocalists of his generation. This is one of his finest moments on record.
The Road From No. 1
“Why Would I Say Goodbye” was the final single from Borderline, and it went top ten. The duo then went top five with the lead single from their first hits package, “Honky Tonk Truth.” They’d return to the top in 1998 with the second single from that package, followed by a superstar collaboration that made Music Row history.
“A Man This Lonely” gets an A.
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