Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Falling in Love" by Balance

Song#:  0823
Date:  11/21/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  58
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Balance's self-titled debut album included the modest Top 30 song "Breaking Away." This follow-up single was issued but it couldn't quite crack the top half of the chart. The group would record another album the next year, but no singles charted and the group disbanded. This would be their last charting single.

ReduxReview:  The song almost has a 70's, AC feel to it. I think it is a worthy follow-up to "Breaking Away" and probably should have done a little better. The harmony sections are quite nice and the strings are tastefully arranged. I'm not sure what held this tune back from doing better. It is a bit sappy, but Air Supply wasn't having any issues going Top 10 with their delicious sap.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Band member Bob Kulick originally auditioned for the lead guitar spot for Kiss. They liked him, but ended up choosing Ace Frehley. However, Kulick did play on several Kiss albums and Paul Stanley's solo disc. Then later, based on Kulick's recommendation, his brother Bruce joined Kiss as the lead guitarist around 1984. He remained a band member for twelve years - the longest stint of any non-original member. He came into the band after they stopped wearing makeup and during his whole time with them, he never donned the makeup or created a persona.


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