Sunday, May 29, 2016

"Lady Down on Love" by Alabama

Song#:  1672
Date:  10/29/1983
Debut:  87
Peak:  76
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Alabama's title-track to their second album The Closer You Get... was another winner for them hitting #1 at Country, #9 AC, and #38 Pop. The album would be their first and only Pop Top 10 (#10) and it would eventually sell 4x platinum.  On the downside, the single would be their last Pop Top 40 on their own. This follow-up single would be their eleventh consecutive Country #1 while doing well at AC going to #18, but Pop was less interested and it faltered in the bottom quarter of the chart.

ReduxReview:  Well, I guess this is a pretty ballad and I'm sure there are folks who can relate to the lyrics, however it is not appealing to me. I'm definitely not opposed to languid, thoughtful songs, but this one is a bit of a snoozer. It doesn't engage me. Other than being a gentle and pleasant listen, there's nothing here that is keeping my attention. It's far from being bad, which makes it difficult to judge. So I'll look at it like - is this a great pop single? For me the answer is no. It's just too understated to make an impact at Pop and I think the results prove that out.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although "The Closer You Get" would be the band's final Pop Top 40 single on their own, they would take part in two duets that would become hits. In 1999, the band joined up with the very popular boy band *NSYNC for "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You." The single, from Alabama's album Twentieth Century, would get to #3 at Country while hitting #29 at Pop. Then in 2011, Alabama assisted Brad Paisley on the song "Old Alabama." That song would top the Country chart while going to #38 on the Pop chart. It appeared on Paisley's album This Is Country Music.


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