Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"When the Feeling Comes Around" by Jennifer Warnes

Song#:  0121
Date:  04/05/1980
Debut:  83
Peak:  45
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Warnes had a breakthrough hit in 1977 with the #6 "Right Time of the Night" from her self-titled album. Although her follow-up album "Shot Through the Heart" couldn't produce another pop Top 10 hit, the first single "I Know a Heartache When I See One" did peak at #10 on the country chart (and #19 pop). This song was the third single released from the album. After this album, Warnes didn't record another solo disc for eight years. But in between and around that time she became the queen of soundtrack songs contributing to at least seven soundtracks in the 80s, some with great chart success.

ReduxReview:  This is a pleasant enough song that would fit nicely alongside a Jimmy Buffett tune in a Key West bar. Warnes is a terrific singer and a wonderful interpreter of song, but sometimes she didn't pick the strongest of songs. With the right material, she soars. But when she sings slight material like this, it's forgettable.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Warnes became close friends with Leonard Cohen in 1971. She has contributed vocals to six of his albums and has been on tour with him. In 1987 after her long hiatus, she recorded a disc of Cohen compositions that she interpreted. "Famous Blue Raincoat" won rave reviews and has since become a favorite of audiophiles.


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