Monday, July 22, 2013

"Living In a Fantasy" by Leo Sayer

Song#:  0465
Date:  01/24/1981
Debut:  85
Peak:  23
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Sayer had rebounded on the US pop chart with the #2 "More Than I Can Say" and his album "Living In a Fantasy" returned him to the album Top 40. His producer and co-writer for the album was Alan Tarney who was having a good run of chart success writing and producing for Cliff Richard. Unfortunately, both this title-track single and the album would mark the last appearance on the US charts for Sayer.

ReduxReview:  With the Tarney touch, Sayer's LP features some solid pop tunes like this one. I like the song, but I think it could have benefited from a rockier arrangement. It is a little subdued and perhaps something a little more forceful might have gotten the song into the Top 10, as I think it is worthy. But as-is it remains just a good listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Although this would be Sayer's last US pop chart song, he would go on to have a few more minor hits in his native UK. However, in 2006 he would find himself with an unexpected #1 UK hit when "Thunder in My Heart" reached the top spot. Sayer originally recorded the tune in 1977 and it reached #22 on the UK chart. But then in 2006, a musician/DJ named Meck revisited and remixed the song and it put Sayer back in the #1 spot.


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