“There’s No Way”
Written by John Jarrard, Lisa Palas, and Will Robinson
Radio & Records
#1 (3 weeks)
March 22 – April 5, 1985
#1 (1 week)
May 4, 1985
It ain’t easy carrying your label’s bottom line on your shoulders.
Sure, the Judds, K.T. Oslin, and Clint Black will be outselling Alabama shortly, but at the time of 4o Hour Week‘s release, Alabama had multiple smash albums behind them that raised expectations impossibly high.
So it is here when we start to see a heavier reliance on outside songwriters and musicians. “There’s No Way” is more melodically ambitious than what Randy Owen would write for himself, so we get to hear him stretch a bit on the chorus.
But in the process, we lose some distinctiveness, as he sounds like he’s channeling Conway Twitty when he goes for those gravelly low notes. He doesn’t completely get there, but him even coming close demonstrates his growth as a vocalist.
As eighties Alabama ballads go, it’s mid-tier. I’m a much bigger fan of the title track, which is up next.
“There’s No Way” gets a B.
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