“You Can’t Run From Love”
Written by David Molloy, Eddie Rabbitt, and Even Stevens
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
June 10, 1983
#1 (1 week)
June 18, 1983
“You Can’t Run From Love” keeps the basic template of Eddie Rabbitt’s Urban Cowboy era hits, but strips it of some of the sweeteners.
What’s left is a record driven as much by its acoustic guitar as “I Love a Rainy Night,” but without the softeners to make it more palatable for crossover audiences. It ended up being his first record to miss the pop top 40 in three years, and it was his final top ten hit on the AC chart, which held on to the countrypolitan stalwarts a bit longer than pop radio did.
Does a more stripped down sound make the record better? Not really, but that’s because the material itself is so slight. The chorus gets about halfway to a hook but doesn’t complete the journey. A few more bells and whistles in the production might have masked this. It also could’ve made it worse, if they weren’t added effectively.
It brings into sharp relief how ridiculous the traditional vs. crossover debate truly is. Ultimately, a great country record needs only three things: a great song, a strong performance from the singer and musicians, and an effective production. “You Can’t Run From Love” is sung well but that’s pretty much it.
We will see less of Rabbitt as the decade progresses, but he averages about one No. 1 single a year for the rest of the decade. We’ll see him next in 1984.
“You Can’t Run From Love” gets a C.
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