Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"Anyone Can See" by Irene Cara

Song#:  0833
Date:  11/28/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  42
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Cara had been performing since she was a kid, but it was her appearance in the film "Fame" and its two hits, the #4 title-track and #19 "Out Here on My Own," that really pushed her into the spotlight. She was called upon to reprise her role as Coco from the movie for the TV series adaptation, but she turned it down wanting instead to pursue her music career. Her first post-"Fame" effort was the album "Anyone Can See" and this title-track became its first single. The ballad couldn't quite make it into the Top 40, however it lingered around the chart for 18 weeks - unusually long for a non-Top 40 entry.

ReduxReview:  After the strong one-two punch of her singles from "Fame," I'd expect a knock-out single from Cara to keep the momentum going. This one is not it. It's just a standard pop/R&B ballad that is well-done, but is nothing special. Cara co-wrote a good chunk of her album and probably wanted one of her songs issued as a single, but this one wasn't the best choice.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Although recognized by some as her debut LP, "Anyone Can See" was not her first album. As a young 10-year-old, Cara recorded a Spanish-language album called "Esta Es Irene." Released in 1968, it didn't reach the album chart.


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