“Come Cryin’ to Me”
Written by John Rich, Mark D. Sanders, and Wally Wilson
#1 (1 week)
August 16, 1997
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 8, 1997
Lonestar make some tentative steps toward their signature sound.
The Road to No. 1
After “No News” became their first No. 1 hit, their self-titled debut produced two more hits: the top ten “Runnin’ Away With My Heart” and the top twenty “Heartbroke Every Day.” The band returned to the top with the lead single from their second album, Crazy Nights.
The No. 1
It’s interesting that two of the songwriters of “Come Cryin’ to Me” – producer Wally Wilson and band member John Rich – would both exit before the band exploded to superstardom with their third album.
In one sense, they were clearly contributing to the band’s success, especially as “Come Cryin’ to Me” was a massive radio hit. But it also showed the limitations of the rote mid-nineties country sound that Lonestar was saddled with. “Come Cryin’ to Me” is cryin’ out for some pop embellishments. Lead singer Richie McDonald sounds like he’s being held back from truly doing what he wants to do vocally. Where the song needs to soar, it settles for a middling plateau.
Given an arrangement like “What About Now,” this song would crackle with intensity. As is, it stays stuck in first gear. Thankfully, this measured approach is much more effective on the other No. 1 single from this album.
The Road From No. 1
Lonestar followed “Come Cryin’ to Me” with a dreadful “Mutt” Lange/Bryan Adams co-write, “You Walked In,” which went top fifteen, as did the album’s third single, “Say When.” The band then scored its final No. 1 single with its original lineup, which we’ll cover in 1998.
“Come Cryin’ to Me” gets a B-.