Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Ti Amo" by Laura Branigan

Song#:  2109
Date:  11/03/1984
Debut:  90
Peak:  55
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Branigan's album Self Control would end up being the best selling of her career reaching #23 and going platinum. This was largely on the strength of the #4 title-track single. Hoping for more hits, this song was chosen to be released as the LP's third single. It didn't quite connect with listeners and stopped before getting into the top half of the Pop chart while only reaching #22 at AC. However, the song was a hit in other countries like Canada (#5) and Australia (#2).

ReduxReview:  Here's another Europop tune from Branigan, but instead of the more dance-oriented material she previously covered, this one is a 6/8 ballad. It's a solid song and the tune builds quite well, but these near-waltz style songs were not all that popular in a 4/4 pop world. I was never a big fan of the song, but Branigan sells it well and makes the listen worthwhile.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Like two of her previous hits, "Self Control" and the #2 "Gloria," this song was co-written by Italian songwriter Giancarlo Bigazzi. He wrote "Gloria" and "Ti Amo" with singer/songwriter Umberto Tozzi, who originally recorded the two songs. Tozzi had a hit with "Ti Amo" in 1977. His original take would reach #1 in several European countries including Italy. Like "Gloria" and "Self Control," English lyrics for "Ti Amo" would be written for Branigan. In this case, the task went to up-n-coming songwriter Diane Warren.


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