Monday, November 4, 2013

"Yearning for Your Love" by The Gap Band

Song#:  0607
Date:  05/23/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  60
Weeks:  7
Genre:  R&B, Quiet Storm

Pop Bits:  The Gap Band set aside their funk for this quiet storm ballad. It work well at R&B (#5) and pop seemed to be receptive as it became their best showing to date on the chart. It also helped to drive their album "Gap Band III" to #1 R&B (their first) and #16 pop. The album was their first platinum seller as well.

ReduxReview:  I'm more partial to their upbeat funk tunes, but they did do a couple of nice ballads along the way. This one is alright. Unfortunately, it uses the awkward word "yearning" in the title. I just think there are certain words that are probably not the best for pop music - especially in the chorus or title. "Yearning" is one of those words for me. I mean, who really uses that word? But even overlooking that, I don't think this is one of their strongest ballads.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Although the album title is "Gap Band III," it was actually their fifth album. Prior to them joining Total Experience Records, they issued two independent albums that didn't produce any hits. Getting signed to TE was like a new beginning and they started with a self-titled debut (even though their previous album was also self-titled) and began the numbering with their next LP "Gap Band II." The numbering stuck with them through "Gap Band 8" in 1986.


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