“Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It”
Written by Deborah Allen, Rory Bourke, and Rafe Van Hoy
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
March 16, 1984
#1 (1 week)
March 31, 1984
Janie Fricke completes a string of three consecutive No. 1 hits with “Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It.”
I can only assume that career momentum got this one to the top because this simply isn’t of the same caliber as its predecessors, despite the strong songwriting pedigree and the best efforts of Fricke to spin straw into gold.
The song’s concept doesn’t work. “Let’s stop talking about it” should be followed by silence. It’s supposed to capture the moment when a love affair goes from words to actions, but by building the song around that line, there’s nowhere for the rest of the narrative to go after the first chorus. So it meanders, and loses its sense of urgency along the way.
I guess he still wanted to keep talking about it.
Fricke went top ten with the final single from Love Lies, “If the Fall Don’t Get You.” But she rebounds with a Merle Haggard duet and another solo single, so we’ll be seeing her again soon.
“Let’s Stop Talking About It” gets a C-.
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