“If You Ever Change Your Mind”
Written by Bob Gundry and Parker McGee
#1 (1 week)
November 29, 1980
After wrapping up her Miss the Mississippi album with the top ten hit “The Blue Side,” Crystal Gayle earned her second No. 1 of the eighties with the lead single from her first new album of the decade, These Days.
“If You Ever Change Your Mind” is reminiscent of earlier Gayle piano ballads, with “Talking in Your Sleep” being especially similar in arrangement. It’s a musical setting that always worked well for Gayle, given her ability to use so many subtle shades of her voice. She was never a power singer, but she really stood out among her peers because of her exacting technique.
Unfortunately, this particular record doesn’t give her enough to work with. The tempo of the song is a couple of beats too slow, and the melody meanders more than wanders. Gayle sounds unusually distant and almost uninterested, like the eternal invitation to return is being given out of courtesy and not desire.
The next release from the album, “Take it Easy,” was a Delbert McClinton cover that went top twenty, Gayle’s first official release to miss the top ten in five years. But it would be followed by a string of eighteen consecutive top ten hits, starting with the final single from These Days in 1981.
“If You Ever Change Your Mind” gets a B-.
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