“Your Heart’s Not in it”
Written by Michael Garvin, Bucky Jones, and Tom Shapiro
#1 (1 week)
December 1, 1984
Janie Fricke returns to familiar lyrical territory with “Your Heart’s Not in it.”
She’s lonely, and she has a man willing to keep her company for the night, but she knows he’s only after her body and not her heart. Her voice aches and breaks on the verses, where she’s mostly accompanied by a piano.
She gets a little overwhelmed by intrusive backing vocalists and unnecessary strings on the chorus. It’s remarkable how much better she sounds on the chorus lines that let both of those elements go quiet and we can hear her more clearly.
Fricke’s at her best when she’s unadorned, so the production undermines her a bit here. When it’s just her and the piano, she’s at her best here.
We won’t see Fricke in 1985, when one of her most enduring hits – “She’s Single Again” – stalled out at No. 2.
She’ll be back in 1986 with her final No. 1 hit to date.
“Your Heart’s Not in it” gets a B.
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