Monday, December 19, 2016

"Love Will Show Us How" by Christine McVie

Song#:  1885
Date:  04/28/1984
Debut:  54
Peak:  30
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  After a fourteen year gap, McVie was finally able to issue her second solo album while on hiatus from Fleetwood Mac. The self-titled album featured her first and only Pop Top 10 hit, "Got a Hold on Me" (#10 Pop, #1 Rock, #1 AC). This album opening track was chosen to be the follow-up single, but didn't do nearly as well. It stalled right at the Top 30 mark at Pop while only getting to #24 Rock and #32 AC. The song would also be her last solo effort to reach the Pop chart. In 1987, she would be back with Fleetwood Mac and two of her songs from their album Tango in the Night would become hits.

ReduxReview:  Again, McVie is not straying very far at all from the fare that she normally penned for Fleetwood Mac. I can easily hear this being done by the Mac. I actually think it would have been better if they did. A little Lindsey Buckingham production/guitar along with some Mac backing vocals and this song might have done better on the chart. As-is, it's another good effort from McVie, if not quite up to the standards she set with "Got a Hold on Me." I guess it shows one thing - whereas Buckingham and Stevie Nicks branched out and experimented with their songs and sound, McVie stayed comfortable within her Mac bubble. That's not a bad thing, but in the end these songs sound more like Mac rejected tunes rather than something new and unique from McVie.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  It took McVie fourteen years to follow-up her 1970 debut solo disc Christine Perfect. After her self-titled second album, it would then take twenty years for her to follow that one up. In 2004, McVie issued her third solo album titled In the Meantime. She co-produced the album with her nephew Dan Perfect and the pair also co-wrote several songs for the LP. The only single from the album was the lead-off track "Friends." It couldn't get on the Pop chart, but did make a minor showing at AC getting to #29. Without a significant hit, the LP failed to reach the Pop Album chart. It did, however, reach #32 on the US Independent Albums chart.


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