Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"In Your Letter" by REO Speedwagon

Song#:  0704
Date:  08/08/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  20
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  REO's mega-hit album "Hi Infidelity" already had two Top 10's (including a #1) and another Top 30 entry, so they kept the streak from the LP going and released this fourth single. It did slightly better than the previous single just hitting the Top 20. It would be the last single released from the album to reach the chart, but less than a year later the group would be back on the charts with their follow-up single and LP.

ReduxReview:  This tune would be better suited for pop than their rockier tunes and probably should have been their third single. It did well at pop, but rock radio ignored it and it didn't even hit that chart. This retro-rock song was not one of my favorites off the album and it still isn't. After their big rock ballads and ballsy songs, this one plays like a piece of comic relief, which was not necessary. For me, it's a completely toss-away song that could have been left on the editing floor.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Two other tracks on the album received significant rock radio airplay during the LP's run. Both songs reached the Mainstream Rock chart with "Tough Guys" hitting #25 and "Out of Season" getting to #59.


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