Monday, May 16, 2016

"Time Will Reveal" by DeBarge

Song#:  1651
Date:  10/15/1983
Debut:  80
Peak:  18
Weeks: 21
Genre:  R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The sibling group's second album, All This Love, was a gold-seller that spawned two R&B Top 10's including the title track (#5), which also hit #17 Pop and #1 AC. Hopes ran high for a solid follow-up and they did not disappoint. Their third effort, In a Special Way, would be another gold seller thanks to this first single that hit #1 at R&B. It also got them back into the Pop Top 20 while getting to #12 at AC. Produced solely by El Debarge and featuring five songs he either wrote or co-wrote, the album would be one of their most critically lauded works.

ReduxReview:  I have to say that this is my favorite DeBarge song. Co-written by El, Bunny, and Bobby, it was the perfect song to follow up their other hits and kick off their third album. I think it is arguably El's best vocal work as well. This should have been a Top 10'er but it stalled just inside the Top 20. At least R&B had the good taste to send it to #1.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The group's self-titled 1981 debut album came and went with very little attention paid to it. They felt that some of the songs deserved a better fate and that much of the sound and mixing was not very good. So they decided to revisit songs from the album and do fresh recordings. One of the songs, "Queen of My Heart," written by El Debarge, was remade for inclusions on In a Special Way. Another tune would end up begin redone for their next album.


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