Thursday, August 4, 2016

"You're Looking Like Love to Me" by Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack

Song#:  1739
Date:  12/24/1983
Debut:  74
Peak:  58
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  This duo's album Born to Love was headed into gold territory thanks to the LP's first single "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love," which reached #16 at Pop, #4 AC, and #5 R&B. Hoping for similar results, this romantic mid-tempo tune got issued as a single. Although it didn't really connect at Pop (#58) or R&B (#41), it was successful at AC where it got to #5. It was Flack's tenth song to reach the AC Top 10.

ReduxReview:  This song was co-written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe (The Four Seasons) and it kind of has that latter-day Seasons feel. However, I wonder if it got arranged in a different tempo/style than what they intended. It almost sounds like it was slowed down a bit with more emphasis given to the romantic side of it. Not sure. Regardless, I just find it okay. It's inoffensive and pretty, but there is little here to draw me back for repeated listens. The outdated production doesn't help at this point either.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was actually the third single lifted from the album. The second single had ties to a movie. The song "Maybe," written by the all-star team of Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Marvin Hamlisch, was recorded by Bryson and Flack for their album, but it was also selected as the closing song to the 1983 film Romantic Comedy. Just prior to the film's release in December, the single was issued. Unfortunately, it couldn't make any headway and only got to #68 on the R&B chart. It also didn't help that the Dudley Moore comedy, which was based on a successful 1979 stage play, was a box office disappointment and disappeared quickly.


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