“She’s Taken a Shine“
Written by Richard Bach and Greg Barnhill
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 14, 1997
John Berry’s final No. 1 single to date.
The Road to No. 1
After “Standing On the Edge of Goodbye” became his second No. 1 single, John Berry went top five with “I Think About it All the Time.” The next two singles from Standing On the Edge missed the top twenty. Berry returned to the top ten with “Change My Mind,” which barely charted when the Oak Ridge Boys released it in 1991, but served as the lead off hit from Berry’s third Capitol album, Faces. He returned to the top with the second single from that album.
The No. 1
Nothing makes someone shine like the confidence and joy that come from true love. According to “She’s Taken a Shine,” at least.
They stack the deck against Rosie a bit too much in the first verse, making her out like some homely reject that no guy would take a second glance at. But the payoff is worth it, as all of the guys who used to ignore her are now dropping their jaws when she walks by. She’s radiating happiness, and it’s revealing the beauty that was always there underneath.
Berry is a sympathetic narrator, and his performance communicates that the issue was the guys around her not being able to see her beauty. That keeps “She’s Taken a Shine” from feeling like a white knight trope, where the woman didn’t have value until a man came along to give it to her.
The other guys were just fools and they missed their shots.
The Road From No. 1
Berry went top twenty with his next single from Faces, “I Will if You Will,” which was enough to push the album to gold status. Following a run of low-charting singles, his fourth album for Capitol was left unreleased, and he moved on to Lyric Street. His only album for the label produced two singles that missed the top forty. Berry returned to his independent roots afterward, and has continued to release music, mostly of the Christmas and Gospel variety, and he will launch his 26th Annual Christmas Tour this fall.
“She’s Taken a Shine” gets a B.
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