Monday, September 21, 2015

"Sing Me Away" by Night Ranger

Song#:  1408
Date:  04/09/1983
Debut:  75
Peak:  54
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Night Ranger grabbed their first Top 40 hit (barely) with the #40 peaking "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" (#4 rock). It was the first single released from their debut album "Dawn Patrol." This second single didn't do as well missing the pop Top 50 and only hitting #39 at rock radio. But it would be enough to get their album up to #38 and set them up for further success.

ReduxReview:  Night Ranger would hit their stride with their next couple of albums. In the meantime, their "Dawn Patrol" songs got them established. Compared to a lot of other 80s rock bands, their tunes were a notch above average. They didn't have anything spectacular, but it was quality work. I like this song, but for me the chorus is underwhelming. I understand what they were doing here with the crunchy, groovy verse leading to a brighter chorus, but it doesn't quite work. The melody is present, but the production should have been bigger so it could really soar. The build up is great, but once there the chorus deflates and sags. Because of that it remains a good, yet unremarkable, song.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Lead vocal duties for the band were shared between bassist Jack Blades and drummer Kelly Keagy. Keagy would sing on two of their biggest hits, "Sister Christian" and "Sentimental Street," as well as this single.


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