Friday, September 16, 2016

"This Could Be the Right One" by April Wine

Song#:  1790
Date:  02/11/1984
Debut:  81
Peak:  58
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This Canadian band was on a bit of a decline after scoring their biggest album in the US, 1981's platinum certified The Nature of the Beast. Their next album, Power Play, failed to secure any significant hits and as a result couldn't even reach gold level sales. They tried to rebound with their next LP, Animal Grace, but with this first single not even cracking the top half of the Pop chart and only #23 at Rock, the album did even worse. By this time, tensions in the band were at a peak and they were ready to call it a day. After a final farewell tour and live album, they called it quits. The band would reform in 1992 and issue a new album (Attitude) the following year that would be a gold seller in Canada. By that time, the band was long forgotten in the US and it was ignored.

ReduxReview:  They were no doubt trying to grab for a wider audience with this commercial-leaning song. With fellow Canadians Loverboy doing big business, it probably seemed the way to go. And it almost worked. With the exception of their 1981 #21 hit "Just Between You and Me," this is the most mainstream single they have issued. It's got a solid chorus and it rocks along quite well. It's not a fantastic song, but it should have done a little better on the chart. I just don't think the band's core audience was real thrilled with the direction of the album.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Even while the band was splitting up, lead singer and songwriter Myles Goodwyn was already prepping tracks for an upcoming solo album. However, it was discovered that the band still contractually owed their label one more album. With the help of only one other bandmate, Goodwyn used the tracks for a final April Wine album title Walking Through Fire. Oddly, the album failed to chart in Canada. However, it was a minor blip on the US chart at #174. Goodwyn did finally release a self-titled solo album in 1988. Two songs from the album were minor hits in Canada. By 1992, he was reforming April Wine.


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