Friday, December 19, 2014

"I'm the One" by Roberta Flack

Song#:  1114
Date:  07/24/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  42
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Flack's #13 song "Making Love" served as the theme to the film of the same name and as the first single from her album "I'm the One." This second title-track single missed out on the pop Top 40, but it did reach #10 at AC and #24 R&B. The song would be Flack's final solo song to reach the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  This sleek song makes for a pleasant listen, but not necessarily a great single. I've heard it a few times and it just doesn't stick. Flack has recorded a lot of great songs including some true classics, but this one just lacks any personality or energy. She's killing me softly with dullness here.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Flack's first three solo albums for Atlantic, including her 1969 debut "First Take," did little business with none of her singles making much impact on the charts. That changed thanks to actor/director Clint Eastwood. He chose Flack's song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (from "First Take") to play over a scene in his 1972 directorial debut "Play Misty for Me." The hit film sparked interest in the song and a single was issued. It rose to #1 on the pop chart and in doing so pushed "First Take" to #1 as well. The song also won the Grammy for Record of the Year.


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