“I Don’t Think She’s in Love Anymore”
Written by Kent Robbins
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 25, 1982
Charley Pride’s artistic revival continues unabated with the second of three No. 1 singles from Everybody’s Choice.
This is the weakest of the album’s three smash hits, but it’s still an excellent record. Pride’s conversational delivery of the narrative works well, and the Caribbean production elements are a nice touch.
The only element that doesn’t quite work is the overpowering background vocalists, which not only drown Pride out during the chorus, but also make a contemporary record sound a bit dated. Thankfully, the lyric is so strong and Pride’s performance is so solid that the overly loud ladies can’t fully derail an otherwise strong recording.
We’ve got another No. 1 hit on deck from this album, and it’s the best of the three.
“I Don’t Think She’s in Love Anymore” gets a B+.
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Excellent song! My favorite discovery from this series (so far) is all the 80’s Charley Pride songs I had never heard before. They’re consistently top notch. Great work Kevin! I look forward to reading these reviews and listening to the songs as soon as they’re posted.
This song amuses me, Charley’s delivery is so, as you say, conversational that it’s easy to let it flow before figuring out the actual story and why she’s locking him out. I don’t actually blame the girl in the song one bit! But he’s so charming with the delivery. One of his more fun songs overall.
This one I wasn’t familiar with but it grew on me with each listen as Charley charisma totally sells it for me. Kinda dismissed Charley’s 80’s output but so far he’s been very consistent.
When I hear that signature eighties sound of background harmonies I can’t help but see the harmony singers in my mind’s eye as well, the synchronous swaying, in a spotlight’s warm glow, in the coordinated outfits. It is more nostalgic charm for me than distraction. Especially when they are part of a song this well produced and performed.
Pride continues to absolutely shine in these new found musical surroundings of his early ’80s hits.
I love this performance.