Single Review: Lionel Richie & Shania Twain - Endless Love
By: Matt Bjorke
There are so many ways that remaking “Endless Love” into a mainstream country music single could’ve gone wrong but after taking one listen to Lionel Richie’s collaboration with Shania Twain, all worries were eased. The melody wasn’t changed to benefit country music and when listening to Lionel’s songs like “Endless Love” (originally a duet with Diana Ross). Lionel’s songs are some of the best songs ever written and the R&B legend and modern pop pioneer has always written songs that fit country music.
The melody is tender with beautiful acoustic guitars guiding it while Lionel and Shania’s voices simply blend well. A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel has always had the spirit of a country music songwriter and it’s easy to see why on “Endless Love.” Considered by Billboard as the best duet of all time, “Endless Love” is timeless and this update doesn’t change much but why mess with perfection.
It’s my hope that this tune becomes a big hit on country radio, not only because it’s a great song but also for the benefit of both Lionel and Shania to continue to bring the world fantastic songs like “Endless Love,” a song which will also bring new fans to both legendary artists.