Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"All American Girls" by Sister Sledge

Song#:  0534
Date:  03/21/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  79
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Dance, R&B

Pop Bits:  After the disappointment of their last album, the sisters moved to a new producer (Narada Michael Walden) hoping to get back in hit-mode. They came out with the LP "All American Girls" this first title-track single still stayed within their comfort zone of disco/R&B. But with that genre still on the outs, the single could not muster up much business on the pop chart. It did, however, reach #3 R&B.

ReduxReview:  For me, this just sounds like another rehash of "We Are Family." The new production, even though it sounds good, is still similar to the previous hit. It's like they just want to bash you over the head with empowerment. It's strange because it is a pretty good tune and if it had been done by someone else I might have liked it better. But since it's by the Sledge's, it doesn't sound original enough to distance themselves from their past hits.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although it may seem like some made-up name, the group was named Sister Sledge because - well, they are all actually sisters with the last name of Sledge. Kim, Debbie, Joni, and Kathy Sledge began singing at a young age together in the churches of Philadelphia before they came out with their debut LP in 1975.


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