Tuesday, June 18, 2013

"One Step Closer" by The Doobie Brothers

Song#:  0415
Date:  11/22/1980
Debut:  54
Peak:  24
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Their previous single "Real Love" from the album "One Step Closer" didn't really set the charts a-fire even though peaking at #5. Considering the success of their Grammy-winning "Minute By Minute" album, this was a bit of a disappointment. The second single would be the title track of the album and it's failure to make the Top 20 didn't do much to push sales of the LP. Tensions in the band led to an agreed disbanding of the group later in 1981 with Michael McDonald off to pursue a solo career. It would be another eight years before a reunion with a new album would take place.

ReduxReview:  I've read reviews of this album where it was said that this album just sounded tired. I'd have to agree. I think the magic was gone by this time and it just spilled over into this recording. It's not a bad song, but it just sounds so blasé and it lacks any spark or personality. I've heard bar bands that were more exciting and involved than this.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song was co-written by Carlene Carter, the daugher of June Carter Cash (making her Johnny Cash's step-daughter). At the time she was working to get her solo career going, but it would be slow going as her first major country hit wouldn't arrive until 1990's "I Fell in Love" (#3). She would have two other Top 10 country hits, both of them also peaking at #3.


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