Written by Rick Carnes and Steve Wariner
#1 (3 weeks)
December 20, 1997 – January 3, 1998
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
December 12, 1997
Garth Brooks gets his groove back.
The Road to No. 1
After teaming up with Trisha Yearwood on “In Another’s Eyes,” Garth repeated at No. 1 by teaming up with Steve Wariner, who co-wrote and sang backup vocals on this winning hit from his new studio album, Sevens.
The No. 1
After the stale sounds of Fresh Horses, “Long Neck Bottle” is breath of fresh air.
The arrangement is loose and greasy, and Brooks gives a vocal performance that is two parts George Strait and one part Roger Miller. The harmony vocals from Wariner are perfectly intertwined, and the record doesn’t overstay its welcome, breezing by in just over two minutes.
Whereas Brooks had sounded burdened by his own success on his previous project, he’s clearly regained his confidence here, having a damn good time singing a damn good country song. He made some old sounds completely new again, reviving that eighties new traditionalist sound that he’d helped knock off the radio with his massive records in the early nineties.
A phenomenal return to form from the genre’s biggest star.
The Road From No. 1
Reaching back to “That Ol’ Wind” and “In Another’s Eyes,” Brooks continued a run of six consecutive No. 1 singles with “Longneck Bottle.” We will see him three more times in 1998, starting with the next two singles from Sevens.
“Longneck Bottle” gets an A.
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