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Eight of the ten tracks on this hot album express uncompromising romantic commitment. Even the Top-15 single "I Said I Loved You . . . But I Lied" defies its title by stating, "I lied 'cause this is more than love I feel inside." He expresses his devotion to a future partner on "Completely." "Ain't Got Nothing If You Ain't Got Love" claims "fortune and fame [are] just things that ya leave behind," a sentiment Bolton models through his Foundation, which supports children and women at risk and provides access to education for underprivileged young people. That theme also permeates the lyrics to "In the Arms of Love," which would sound equally at home if played on a Christian radio sation.
Bolton's passionate vocals and belief in enduring romantic love make The One Thing an uplifting effort from start to finish.