Friday, May 3, 2013

"Cry Like a Baby" by Kim Carnes

Song#:  0355
Date:  10/04/1980
Debut:  72
Peak:  44
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop

Cry Like a Baby by Kim Carnes on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  Carnes' remake of The Miracles' "More Love" had just finished up a Top 10 run when this second single from her album "Romance Dance" hit the chart. Since a cover version did well already, why not release another one? So the second single was this remake of the #2 hit by The Box Tops from 1968. Unfortunately, the magic didn't strike twice in a row and this single peaked outside of the Top 40.

ReduxReview:  I wasn't a fan of the original version and although Carnes kind of amps it up a notch for a fresh take, it is still not a song I really like. I could see where they were going by selecting this as the next single, but I think there were better choices on the album that might have kept up the momentum a bit more. Whether her choice or the record label's, Carnes's follow-ups to chart hits were not always well-chosen, which is too bad. As a huge fan, I think she could have had more hits with better single selections.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Carnes' third album was 1976's "Salin'," which was produced by the legendary Jerry Wexler (Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield). Although the album didn't chart, one of the songs, "Love Comes from the Most Unexpected Places," won the 1977 American Song Festival and was recorded by Barbra Streisand for her "Streisand Superman" album. Streisand would also record Carnes' song "Stay Awhile" for 1978's "Songbird."


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