“‘Til I Gain Control Again”
Written by Rodney Crowell
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
February 4, 1983
#1 (1 week)
February 12, 1983
Jimmy Bowen’s magic touch surfaces again as he collaborates with Crystal Gayle for the first time.
Let’s take a step back for a moment and acknowledge what a ballsy move it was to put this out as a single at all, let alone as the first single from a superstar artist on her new label.
“‘Til I Gain Control Again” is a brilliant composition from Rodney Crowell that had already been recorded beautifully by Emmylou Harris and by Crowell himself. Gayle’s commercial success and crossover hits were largely driven by her exceptional taste in material and her distinctive way of interpreting songs.
Her work here is among her finest moments on record, and the tasteful production smartly stays out of her way. This is such a deeply personal song and her performance captures the lyric’s intimacy and conflicting emotions. Her confidence in herself may be shaky, but her faith in her partner is steadfast, and that makes all of the difference.
What a beautiful start to her tenure on Elektra Records, which will produce the best music of her distinguished career.
“‘Til I Gain Control Again” gets an A.
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