“Almost Doesn’t Count”: Brandy
“Almost Doesn’t Count” is originally an R&B song written by Shelly Peiken and Guy Roche in 1997. The song was first recorded by Brandy for her album Never Say Never, which was released in 1999. Brandy’s R&B song peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Adult R&B Charts in 1999. Due to its popularity and soulful lyrics some artists tried to make a version of this song including Mark Wills and Ali & Gipp.
“Almost Doesn’t Count”: Mark Wills
Mark Wills covered Brandy’s song in 2000 for his album Permanently. His song was released under Mercury Nashville Records. Wills’ version is not the same as that of Brandy’s, he changed the R&B song into a country ballad version of “Almost Doesn’t Count” and it was perfect. His version of the song peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart in 2000 and it remained on the chart for a total of 21 weeks. It also peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard Country Airplay Charts. His album Permanently peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. Wills’ received a positive feedback for his version of this song.
The Song’s Content
The narrator in the song thought that what they have was forever. Therefore, he tried his best to keep up with her and let her open herself up to him. He only wanted to get to know her better. Yet, after everything, she just gave up on their relationship. “Almost Doesn’t Count” reminds us that when in a relationship we should give all that we can, not just half of it. It would be unfair if one only gives it all while the other only gives half of their love and effort. Giving only half of your love to someone doesn’t really count. Always make an effort to make things work out, but if you are not ready, then you’d better not be in a relationship.