Sunday, February 7, 2016

"Get It Right" by Aretha Franklin

Song#:  1544
Date:  07/30/1983
Debut:  89
Peak:  61
Weeks:  8
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Franklin's Luther Vandross-produced album Jump to It and its title-track single were considered a bit of a comeback for the diva, especially at Pop where the song became her first Top 40 hit (#24) in six years. Both the LP and single would reach #1 at R&B and the album would go gold. With some momentum established, Franklin once again called upon Vandross to write and produce her next venture. The pair came up with Get It Right and its title-track was issued as the first single. Although it would be another #1 hit at R&B for Franklin, it got ignored at Pop and peaked way outside of the Top 40. The album sold far less than Jump to It, failing to hit the gold mark, and it peaked at #4 R&B/#36 Pop. It was considered a disappointment and it led Franklin and her label (Arista w/Clive Davis) seeking a new direction...again.

ReduxReview:  This is a good Luther jam, but it doesn't have quite the same magic as "Jump to It." For me, it could use a better hook. A hot groove is great, but if has nothing memorable, it ain't gonna make it very far at Pop, which this one didn't. This one probably should have made a quick appearance in the Top 40, but that's about it. The tune is not too bad, but it's not a stellar moment in Franklin's discography.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  A song titled "Giving In" was included on Franklin's Get It Right album. The song was written by her eldest son, Clarence. Franklin gave birth to Clarence soon after she turned 14. The identity of Clarence's father and that of Franklin's next child, Edward (who came along a year later), were never revealed.


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