“When We Make Love”
Written by Troy Seals and Mentor Williams
Radio & Records
#1 (4 weeks)
May 18 – June 8, 1984
#1 (1 week)
June 23, 1984
Alabama’s last chart topper leaned heavily into the country music tradition of trucker songs. They followed it up with one of their stronger adult contemporary ballads.
Randy Owen is the star on “When We Make Love,” with his bandmates providing understated harmony throughout the record. This template would serve them well down the road, and they would hang on to this style for far longer than the “Mountain Music” approach, which would largely disappear from their repertoire after an upcoming No. 1 single from Roll On.
The challenge with reviewing this retroactively is that they did so many more ballads in this style that it’s hard to recreate how distinctive this likely sounded upon its release. Thankfully, the composition is strong enough – and Owen’s performance is distinctive enough – that it’s still one of the better ballads in their catalog.
That being said, the best is yet to come from Roll On.
“When We Make Love” gets a B+.
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