“What the Heart Wants”
Written by Michael Dulaney
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
September 19, 1997
Collin Raye previews his first hits collection.
The Road to No. 1
After topping the chart with “Not That Different,” I Think About You produced two more top five hits: the title track and “On the Verge.” In between those two hits, Raye went top fifteen with “Love Remains” and top thirty with “What if Jesus Came Back Like That.” Raye then returned to the top with the first single from The Best of Collin Raye: Direct Hits.
The No. 1
This storyline concept was so much better realized by Gretchen Peters with “Ships,” which appeared on the Patty Loveless album When Fallen Angels Fly.
On “What the Heart Wants,” the storyline is in service to the chorus, and the characters are broadly drawn and barely incidental to the record. The arrangement goes for light Calypso but comes off sounding more like child Xylophone. Raye undersings the verses and oversings the chorus.
I didn’t care for a second about these characters and hadn’t even remembered the song until revisiting it for this feature. It’s going back down the memory hole. It’s as dull as dishwater.
The Road From No. 1
Raye followed this with one more single from his hits package, the top five “Little Red Rodeo,” sparing country radio from his ridiculous cover of Journey’s “Open Arms.” He gets back on track with his next studio album, The Walls Came Down, which includes his final two No. 1 singles of both the decade and his career to date.
“What the Heart Wants” gets a C-.
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