Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Almost Over You" by Sheena Easton

Song#:  1721
Date:  12/10/1983
Debut:  84
Peak:  25
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Easton got out of the ballad rut and issued the Euro-dance tune "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" from her album Best Kept Secret. It became her third Pop Top 10 hit reaching #9. For the LP's second single, Easton reverted back to ballad mode and issued this track. Like some of her previous ballads, the tune did well at AC, getting to #4, but could only muster an okay showing at Pop.

ReduxReview:  While this is a quality song, I just think the mature, AC tunes Easton was doing were not what listeners wanted from her. "Telefone" had a younger, fresher sound and it resulted in a Top 10. Going back to an old-fashioned pop ballad seemed to age her sound quickly and it just wasn't working. I think she (and her label) finally realized that and her next album was much more modern. As for this single, it's a lovely tune that worked for AC, but it just wasn't hip enough for Pop.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:   This song was co-written by Jennifer Kimball and Cindy Richardson. By the end of the decade, Kimball would be part of a duo that made a few waves on the indie/folk scene. She and college friend Jonatha Brooke had been playing around Boston as a duo for a while in the 80s before a demo song they did got them signed to Green Linnet Records. Now billed as The Story, the pair issued two well received albums in 1991 and 1993. They split after the second album with each pursuing a solo career. Kimball was able to release two solo discs in years following, but to little notice. However, Brooke's 1995 solo debut, Plumb, got a lot of attention and she quickly garnered a solid following on the contemporary folk scene. Several more critically lauded albums would follow.


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