Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Sweet Time" by REO Speedwagon

Song#:  1161
Date:  08/28/1982
Debut:  76
Peak:  26
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  There were high expectations for REO's follow-up to their mega-smash LP "Hi-Infidelity," but "Good Trouble" just couldn't get close to that album's success. The first single from "Good Trouble," "Keep the Fire Burnin'," did okay reaching #7, which helped the album go Top 10 (#7), but this second single faltered quite a bit and that lack of interest stalled the album at single-platinum status. Although the LP performed well by most standards, it was a disappointing follow-up to a 9-times platinum classic.

ReduxReview:  I kind of grew to like "Keep the Fire Burnin'," but this one lost me. I stopped paying attention to REO at this point. I wasn't a huge fan to begin with, but it seemed like whatever I liked about them was suddenly gone. I never really looked back either.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Like many bands, REO has had their share of personnel changes. There has only been one founding member who has stayed with the group from its inception in 1967 through to today. Keyboardist Neal Doughty co-founded the band with Alan Gratzer and filled it out with Mike Blair and Joe Matt. Although Kevin Cronin has always seemed to be the face and voice of REO, he did not join until 1972. Cronin left the band the following year, but returned in 1976. He remains with the band as does longtime bassist Bruce Hall who joined in 1977.


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