Monday, May 12, 2014

"Could It Be Love" by Jennifer Warnes

Song#:  0840
Date:  12/05/1981
Debut:  88
Peak:  47
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  After only two album with Arista, the label pushed out "The Best of Jennifer Warnes" LP which featured tracks from those two albums plus a soundtrack song and three new songs. It became her second-best showing on the album chart peaking at #47 and this first single reached the exact same position (and #13 at AC, #57 country). Maybe a "best of" was prescient because she didn't record another album until 1987. But in that down-time period, she continued to record soundtrack songs which resulted in two #1 smash duets.

ReduxReview:  This mid-tempo, somewhat country-ish shuffle was similar to other material she was recording at the time and like most of those songs, it's pretty vanilla. As I've said before, given the right material she can really sell it. But she seemed to always be attracted to fairly bland material for her solo discs. It's disappointing because she really has a terrific voice. However, her 1987 album of Leonard Cohen songs, "Famous Blue Raincoat," is where everything came together for her.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Early in her career she was urged to change her last name to Warren, but then there ended up being a popular actress with the name of Jennifer Warren. So the last name was dropped and she simply went by Jennifer. She released two albums for the Parrot label under that moniker and one for Reprise, but then added back her real last name when she moved to Arista in 1976.


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