Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Two Hearts" by Stephanie Mills with Teddy Pendergrass

Song#:  0599
Date:  05/16/1981
Debut:  88
Peak:  40
Weeks:  13
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After the Top 10 success of "Never Knew Love Like This Before," Mills debuted her next album "Stephanie" with this lead single duet. The song just hit the Top 40, but did far better at R&B where it reached #3. It was enough to get Mills her third consecutive gold album and a Grammy nod for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female.

ReduxReview:  Here you have two powerhouse singers that should supply sparks to any song. But I'm just not hearing it here. I don't think it is necessarily their fault. The song is just kind of a standard R&B/AC groove. Pendergrass puts some oomph in his vocals but Mills is oddly sedate through most of it. Overall it's a little disappointing for me.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  The previous year, Mills recorded a duet with Pendergrass that appeared on his hit "TP" album. The song "Take Me in Your Arms Tonight" would not be released as a single, but Pendergrass returned the vocal favor for this song and as a duo they finally reached the chart.


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