Thursday, November 7, 2013

"Promises" by Barbra Streisand

Song#:  0612
Date:  05/23/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  48
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Streisand scored three Top 10 singles from her album "Guilty" and to try and keep the hot-streak going, this fourth single was issued. While the first three singles leaned toward mid-tempo AC, this song was more along the dance lines and was Streisand's first commercially available solo 12" release. It didn't make too much of a dent on the pop chart but it was another Top 10 AC hit reaching #8.

ReduxReview:  Although a solid song, I think the label may have been getting greedy by releasing this as a single. The album should have gone three and out. This song is just not really single-worthy. It's a really nice Bee Gee groove that sounds great when listening to the album, but it doesn't seem like this would stand out on the radio.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Streisand's debut album, "The Barbra Streisand Album," went on to win the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1964. At the time she was the youngest person to win the award and remained so until 32 years later when Alanis Morissette broke the record in 1996, followed by Taylor Swift in 2010. Streisand would also go on to received Album of the Year nominations for the following three years (1965-1967).


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