Song Review: Bruce Hornsby & The Range – “Across The River”

“Across The River” was released as the first single from Bruce Hornsby & The Range’s 1990 album, A Night on the Town. The single was released in the spring of 1990, and peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I’d previously heard songs from their previous two albums, The Way It Is and Scenes From the Southside, and enjoyed what I heard. So it wasn’t too surprising to me that I liked “Across The River” when I heard it. The song tells the story of a young woman yearning to leave the life she has behind. I think the lyrics are very relatable, no matter what age a listener is.

The music video intercuts footage of Bruce Hornsby & The Range performing with a story line that’s telling the story from the song. But with the way the footage is cut, it feels like the story may not entirely be in chronological order. Even so, the viewer can pretty much piece the narrative together. One of the best things about this video is the fact that it doesn’t look that dated. Unlike a lot of music videos that were being released in early 1990 that relied on effects and aesthetics that were popular at the time, “Across The River” decided to forego that in order to tell a story. Because of this decision, this video manages to withstand the test of time.


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