Sunday, June 11, 2017

"It Ain't Enough" by Corey Hart

Song#:  2067
Date:  09/29/1984
Debut:  65
Peak:  17
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This Canadian singer/songwriter got a major hit right out of the gate with his debut single "Sunglasses at Night" (#4). The classic 80s tune was from his album First Offense. For the follow-up, this ballad was chosen as the second single. It did well getting inside the Top 20 at Pop while also going to #19 AC and #36 Rock. In Canada, where "Sunglasses" would only reach #24, this song would do much better and become Hart's first Top 10 hit peaking at #4. The two hits in the US would help the album become his first gold seller.

ReduxReview:  This is a lovely and subtle song and it was the perfect follow up to the memorable "Sunglasses." That song was so unique that it could have easily overshadowed anything else Hart did and made him a one-hit wonder. Luckily, he had this pretty ballad in his back pocket and it got attention. It probably should have gotten into the Top 10, but just getting this to #17 was a definite win and set him up for success with his next album.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Hart's First Offense album was released in Canada first. When he got a distribution deal for the US, the album was released in a slightly altered version. "Sunglasses" appeared in a longer version and one track was dropped. In addition, a new remixed version of "It Ain't Enough" (which was the version released as a single in the US) replaced the original mix from the Canadian album. The main difference between the two is the repetitive guitar lick heard throughout the song. This guitar line was not part of the song on the original Canadian album. Later on in 1985, a second Canadian version of the album was issued. It featured an altered track listing with a song substitution, one song getting shortened, and the new US hit mix of "It Ain't Enough."


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