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Album Review: Lee Greenwood — ‘You’ve Got A Good Love Comin”

Lee Greenwood was celebrating his first two number one singles when MCA readied his fourth album in May 1984. The project went Gold and spawned three top ten hits, and while the album likely isn’t well-remembered today, it was a game changer in Greenwood’s career.

He received his cultural identity from the album’s first single, the patriotic standard “God Bless The U.S.A.” Greenwood was inspired to write the song, which he recorded in November 1983, as his way of coming to terms with the downing of Korean Airlines Flight 007 after it entered into Soviet Airspace following a navigation error.

What most people don’t know is, “God Bless The U.S.A.” not only wasn’t a #1 hit, it missed the top 5 entirely, peaking at #7. The song saw a major resurgence in popularity following the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, where it re-entered the country charts and peaked at #16. The song itself is excellent and one of the best ‘country pride’ songs I’ve ever heard. It’s regarded as Greenwood’s signature song and 35 years since its original release, the song hasn’t lost any of its popularity.

As far as singles go, two more followed, with mixed chart success. The strong ballad “Fool’s Gold,” a confessional about a “24 Karat mistake,” hit #3. The title track, funky, mid-tempo, and co-written by Van Stephenson (who would form Blackhawk in the mid-90s) reached #9.

Greenwood co-wrote the soft ballad “Worth It For The Ride” with Jan Crutchfield. The remainder of the album doesn’t have much by way of variety in melody or tempo and fits right within the contemporary stylings found on commercial country records from the era. The most adventurous track is “Lean, Mean Lovin’ Machine,” which has a light disco vibe and female backing vocals.

You’ve Got A Good Love Comin’ is dated to modern ears, but it delivers lyrically. This isn’t the most outstanding collection of songs I’ve ever heard, and the only true masterpiece is “Good Bless The U.S.A.,” but the album itself is solid.

Grade: B

3 responses to “Album Review: Lee Greenwood — ‘You’ve Got A Good Love Comin”

  1. Ken May 9, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Although most of Greenwood’s catalog has been largely forgotten he will always be remembered for “God Bless The U.S.A.” But as Jonathan pointed out the song did not have that iconic status when it was first released. MCA wisely issued the single in May 1984 so it could be played as a prelude to and during the Independence Day holiday. That was indeed the case and the single peaked at #7 during the final week of July. It was a most requested song that summer and remained an active title in the oldies libraries for most country stations in the years that followed. Of course the song always received extra airplay during all patriotic holidays.

    But by the mid-1990’s it was the only Lee Greenwood song that most country stations still played. Most of his songs sounded more at home on A/C radio than country so when the New Traditionalist era began and the sound of country music went back to basics Lee was left behind although he attempted to re-tool his sound. Despite lush sounding production the emotional lyrics were so strong that God Bless The U.S.A. rightfully endured and remained a fan favorite.

    God Bless The U.S.A. gained new prominence when it was used as an “anthem” during the 1990-91 Gulf War and a decade later in the aftermath of 9/11. Lee’s superb lyrics perfectly mirrored the sense of pride and patriotism felt by most Americans after those events. Unfortunately the song has also been used as a political statement mostly by one political party attempting to create the false narrative that they are more “patriotic” than the other. Worse yet our current president has hijacked the song for insane political rallies filled with proven lies, insults and general misinformation. After all what could be more UN-American than someone that has avoided military service with a fake medical excuse, avoided paying income taxes by nefarious means, invited a foreign government to help him win an election and then obstructed justice while serving as chief executive?

    Yes – God Bless The U.S.A. indeed. Too bad that excellent song has been tainted by those images.

  2. Paul W Dennis May 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The song has NOT been tainted; however, Democrats and their fellow travelers forfeited the song to the GOP and the Libertarians because too many of them are too embarrassed or ashamed to display patriotic fervor

    • Luckyoldsun May 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      The song has always struck me as a bit cloddish. I remember seeing Barbara Bush at some patriotic event mouthing along the words “there ain’t no doubt I love this land,” and yes, feeling embarrassed. Or seeing a group of bright-eyed schoolchildren singing that is a bit cringe-inducing.
      But I don’t begrudge Lee Greenwood his success with it. He wrote the song entirely himself and sang it and made it into an anthem. I think “God Bless the USA” is bigger than everything else Lee Greenwood’s ever done–combined–“Morning Ride” and all.

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