Every #1 Country Single of the Eighties: Exile, “She’s a Miracle”

“She’s a Miracle”


Written by  Sonny LeMaire and J.P. Pennigton

Radio & Records

#1 (1 week)

June 7, 1985


#1 (1 week)

July 6, 1985

Exile is bedeviling me.

What am I supposed to say about a record like “She’s a Miracle?”

There’s nothing wrong with it at all. It’s competently performed, solidly written mid-eighties country radio fare.   Nothing more, nothing less.

It causes no misery through its existence, yet if it disappeared tomorrow, its absence wouldn’t be noticed.

I just don’t hear a signature sound in any of their number one singles so far.  No distinctive lead vocal like we get with Marty Roe or Marty Raybon.  No signature harmonies like we get from the Oak Ridge Boys or the Judds.  No fresh musical point of view like we get from Highway 101 or the Kentucky Headhunters.  

Exile is just…there.  This is one of their better efforts, too.  It’s just so ordinary that I’ve already forgotten about it.

“She’s a Miracle” gets a B-


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1 Comment

  1. The sin of mediocrity is difficult to get too lathered up over.

    An AllMusic review by Bruce Eder celebrated Exile’s “soaring harmonies, long, lyrical melodic lines, acoustic textured production, and killer hooks.”

    Exile fans are out there.

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