Sunday, September 7, 2014

"When He Shines" by Sheena Easton

Song#:  0979
Date:  04/03/1982
Debut:  75
Peak:  30
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Easton's second LP, "You Could Have Been with Me," started off with the #15 title track. This second single could only manage a Top 30 showing while reaching #13 at AC. It was the start of a decline in popularity that she would rally back from the following year.

ReduxReview:  I totally fell for this very quiet ballad when it first came out. The key for me was the big final chorus. When that kicked in, I was all about this song. I was always disappointed that it only got to #30 as I thought it deserved better. I think it gets lost in her catalog, which is too bad because it's a terrific ballad and one of her best vocals.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  It seemed to be more common back in the vinyl days where the contents of an album from the UK (or another country) would be different from the US release. This would be the case with Easton's first three albums. In the UK, this song appeared on her debut album and it was released as a single reaching #12. The US version of the album did not contain this song, however it made it on her second US LP (which had a different track listing than the UK version).


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