Sunday, April 10, 2016

"If Anyone Falls" by Stevie Nicks

Song#:  1607
Date:  09/10/1983
Debut:  61
Peak:  14
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Nick's second solo disc, The Wild Heart, got kicked off with the #5 hit "Stand Back" (#2 Rock). This next single just missed out on the Top 10, but it was another solid Rock entry reaching #8. Although the album would not top the chart like her debut Bella Donna, it still did quite well getting to #5 and staying there for seven weeks. It would eventually be double-platinum certified.

ReduxReview:  Oh those screaming synths certainly announce that this is an 80s recording! However, the song has aged quite well thanks to a solid melody and chorus. And even though it is steeped in 80s synths, I've always loved the rolling arrangement of them. It's very tidal with a certain ebb and flow that keeps the song in motion. I doubt anyone would put this on a list of Nicks' best song, but I've always been a fan of the tune.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:   Typically, Nicks writes both the music and lyrics to her songs (or does some co-writing), but on this track Nicks just provides the lyrics. The music was written by her friend Sandy Stewart. Born in San Francisco and raised in Houston, Stewart parlayed her association with Nicks into a solo deal that resulted in one album released in 1984 titled Cat Dancer. Despite some vocal assistance from Nicks, the album couldn't find an audience and tanked after the first single "Saddest Victory" failed to reach the Pop chart. It would be her only solo effort. Stewart later formed a duo with musician David Munday called Blue Yonder. Signed to Atlantic, they issued a self-titled debut in 1987. Again, the album was ignored and it became their only recording. Stewart and Munday would continue to write songs for other artists with "Falling Like Rain" being recorded by Tina Turner for her 1989 album Foreign Affair, and "Valentine" done by Belinda Carlisle for her 1989 album Runaway Horses. They also circled back and gave Nicks a song for her 1994 album Street Angel called "Unconditional Love."


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