Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Foolin' Yourself" by Aldo Nova

Song#:  1104
Date:  07/17/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  65
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Nova scored a hit from his double-platinum self-titled debut album with "Fantasy" (#23). This follow-up single couldn't rock it's way as far, but it made a slight dent in the pop chart. Unfortunately, it would be his final chart entry. Nova would go on to issue a second album that ultimately went gold, but it did not catch fire like his debut. His third LP failed to chart and it took six years for him to put out any new material. The album "Blood on the Bricks" came out in 1991 and the title track reached #14 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Since then, he has only issued one other album and that was in 1997.

ReduxReview:  This pop-leaning tune couldn't capture the rockin' magic of "Fantasy," but it's still pretty solid. I don't think Nova has the most commanding voice, so the song seems to overpower him. The song kind of has shades of Rick Springfield to it, which is not a bad thing. I'm surprised that this single didn't do better since the LP was a sizable hit. Nova hit a homer with his first album, but subsequent follow-ups couldn't get off of home plate.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Don't cry for Nova for not having more solo success. He kept himself very busy writing songs for other artists. Most notably, Nova wrote or co-wrote several songs for fellow Canadian Celine Dion including her 2001 #1 AC hit "A New Day Has Come" (#22 pop). But his biggest hit in the US would be American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken's "This Is the Night." That song hit #1 in 2003 and became the year's biggest selling single.


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