“Running Out of Reasons to Run“
Written by Bob Regan and George Teren
#1 (1 week)
March 1, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 21, 1997
Rick Trevino tops the charts with his most recent No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
Trevino’s final two No. 1 singles to date came consecutively, with “Running Out of Reasons to Run” following its predecessor, “Learning as You Go,” to the top.
The No. 1
“Running Out of Reasons to Run” is a great title in search of a song.
Handwringers despondent over the genre’s steady march toward pop-flavored country in the late nineties need look no further than this record, which was Trevino’s second consecutive chart-topper from an album that country consumers passed over at retail.
It already sounded like a relic when it hit the airwaves at the time. This is the kind of generic hat act country that had already reached its saturation point by 1995. The color by numbers production has as much inspiration musically as a bargain basement Karaoke track, and Trevino’s vocal performance is so restrained that he doesn’t even sound like Rick Trevino so much as a Rick Trevino tribute act that plays for the free drinks.
I implore you, dear readers, to skip over this one entirely and go check out Trevino’s post-Columbia recordings, starting with the stunning divorce ballad “Separate Ways.” He’s a gifted, expressive singer that was woefully mismanaged by his label and producers on his final projects for Columbia.
The Road From No. 1
Trevino scored a third top ten hit from Learning as You Go: “I Only Get This Way With You.” His remaining singles for Columbia missed the top forty, and he exited the label by the end of the decade. After some successful Spanish-language releases, he resurfaced on Warner Bros. in 2003, releasing his strongest major label album, In My Dreams. His second and final Warner Bros. album, Whole Town Blue, is even better, though it remained unreleased until 2011. He continues to perform as both a solo artist and part of the Los Super Seven, the Grammy Award-winning Tex-Mex supergroup. Trevino is also heavily involved with voter registration drives in Southern Texas that encourage greater civic participation in the region.
“Running Out of Reasons to Run” gets a C.
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