“Don’t Make it Easy For Me”
Earl Thomas Conley
Written by Earl Thomas Conley and Randy Scruggs
#1 (1 week)
April 7, 1984
Earl Thomas Conley has been operating on such a high level so far that an objectively solid entry still feels like a step down.
“Don’t Make it Easy For Me” is an uptempo number that Conley delivers with flair, and it has his signature turns of phrase that distinguish his songwriting from his peers. He brings a fresh perspective to the “hard to get” motif, where he’s actually asking the woman he’s suiting to hold him to a higher standard before welcoming his love.
What holds it back is a couplet that undercuts the overall message of the song, striking a discordant note:
Down on my knees, take a look at meI’m easy to please, why can’t you be?
The rest of the song is all about wanting her to be hard to please, so these lines don’t quite fit with the rest of the lyric.
That being said, it’s still a good record, thanks to Conley’s performance and the rambunctious production. It would be one of the better efforts from most of his peers, even if it’s mid-tier ETC.
“Don’t Make it Easy For Me” gets a B.