Monday, January 15, 2018

"I'm Through with Love" by Eric Carmen

Song#:  2286
Date:  04/20/1985
Debut:  93
Peak:  87
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Carmen got his first Top 40 entry in seven years with "I Wanna Hear It from Your Lips," made it to #35. It did better at AC where it reached #10. For a follow-up, this ballad was chosen. It did fairly well at AC getting to #16, but this time around at Pop it was pretty much a non-starter spending three short weeks near the bottom of the chart. However, with "Lips" doing well enough to get his career rejuvenated, Carmen would turn the opportunity into something even bigger and grab a pair of major hits later in '87 and '88.

ReduxReview:  This isn't too bad of an AC ballad, but it's almost something that I'd expect from someone like Dionne Warwick in the late 70s or early 80s. At this point in '85, big adult ballads like this were disappearing from the Pop chart. A few would break through, but they were far stronger than this one. This is a lovely tune that is well-done by Carmen, yet it just wasn't the right time for it to become a real chart contender.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Also included on Carmen's self-titled album was the song "Living Without Your Love." That tune was written by Doug James and and up-n-comin' singer/songwriter named Michael Bolton. Bolton. By this time, Bolton had grabbed a couple of very minor chart entries with his band Blackjack and on his own. However, he was getting more notice as a songwriter and artists like Carmen, Laura Branigan, and others were picking up his songs. In addition to Carmen recording "Living Without Your Love," singer Joe Cocker also decided to cover the tune for his 1986 album Cocker. Neither artist chose to issue the ballad as a single.


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