Sunday, November 8, 2015

"Inside Love (So Personal)" by George Benson

Song#:  1456
Date:  05/14/1983
Debut:  76
Peak:  43
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After issuing the hits disc "The George Benson Collection," which featured the new song "Turn Your Love Around" (#5 Pop, #1 R&B), Benson went back into the studio to record his next album. "In Your Eyes," produced by Arif Mardin, was his first full-studio album in three years. This first single kicked things off by reaching #3 on the R&B chart. However, it missed the mark at Pop falling short of the Top 40. The album would be Benson's seventh Jazz #1 while hitting #6 at R&B (#27 Pop). It would be enough to push the album to gold level.

ReduxReview:  Benson continues his flirtation with mainstream pop/R&B with this song. Written and co-produced by Kashif, Benson hits all the right marks, but the material is just not as strong as his previous crossover hits. Plus, this tune leans more towards R&B than pop and I think that was reflected in the respective chart peaks. Benson is an awesome artist, but for the most part, the material selected for this album paled in comparison to his previous mainstream efforts.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia: Benson's "In Your Eyes" album featured the instrumental track "Being with You" (not the Smokey Robinson hit). The song got the attention of Grammy voters and Benson would go on to win the award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.


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