“Make My Life With You”
The Oak Ridge Boys
Written by Gary Burr
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
January 18 – January 25, 1985
#1 (1 week)
February 16, 1985
In an era when having new tracks on a hits collection was a rarity for country artists, the Oak Ridge Boys managed to top the charts with two new songs from their Greatest Hits 2 collection.
“Make My Life With You” is the lesser of the two hits, but anything was bound to be a step down from the sheer euphoria of “Everyday.” It’s a maudlin ballad that borrows heavily from the Anne Murray template of this era during the verses, then sounds like a lost Statler Brothers track on the chorus.
That switch over from the solo verse to the chorus harmonies is jarring, but what really holds this record back is that it’s just not Oaks enough. I’ve become a fan of theirs through this feature, and I’ve gotten to the point where I can hear them smiling as they sing, something I’ve only ever experienced before with Jennifer Nettles.
I do appreciate the vulnerability of the lead vocal, which I think supports the uncertainty of the lyric quite well. I’m just really missing their collective personality on this this one.
“Make My Life With You” gets a B.