Tuesday, January 2, 2018

"One Lonely Night" by REO Speedwagon

Song#:  2273
Date:  03/30/1985
Debut:  65
Peak:  19
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The band earned their second #1 single with "Can't Fight This Feeling," the second single from their album Wheels Are Turnin'. The big ballad revived the flailing LP and helped to turn it into a double-platinum hit. To follow it up, the band decided to stay in ballad mode and issued this track. It did well at AC where it became their second Top 10 entry reaching #10. It didn't do quite as well at Pop and Rock where the song could only manage a Top 20 showing on each chart (#17 Rock, #19 Pop). Still, the middling hit did well enough to keep album sales steady.

ReduxReview:  I guess since "Can't Fight" revived the album, they decided to push out another ballad-leaning track. This one is not as grand as the previous single, but it's not too bad. I actually kind of prefer it to "Can't Fight," which was never a favorite of mine. It's still not as awesome as their prime stuff from Hi-Infidelity, but it's a pretty good single.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  With the exception of their very first album in 1971, the vast majority of the songs that appeared on their albums were written by two members - Kevin Cronin and Gary Richrath. They mainly wrote separately, but on rare occasions the two would collaborate. However, for the Wheels Are Turnin' album, another bandmate wrote this song. Original member Neal Doughty co-wrote songs with the band for their 1971 debut LP, but only contributed a few songs after that. This was one of his own compositions and it was his first to be issued as a single. Doughty would also write a song for the band's next album and that track would also be issued as a single.


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