Saturday, March 17, 2018

"Let Him Go" by Animotion

Song#:  2345
Date:  06/01/1985
Debut:  84
Peak:  39
Weeks:  13
Genre:  Synthpop

Pop Bits:  This band grabbed a hit right out of the gate with their debut single "Obsession" (#6). The instantly catchy tune would help send their self-title album to #28. They tried to keep the momentum up with this next single. While it wouldn't get near the Top 10, it did well enough to sneak just inside the Top 40. Unlike "Obsession," which was written by Holly Knight and Michael Des Barres, this track was written by band member Bill Wadhams. Wadhams wrote or co-wrote seven of the nine songs that appeared on their debut album.

ReduxReview:  While "Obsession" was pure synthpop candy, this one has a bit more of a rock edge. This one sounds like the product of a band rather than a bank of synths, even though it is certainly dressed in them. The production is excellent and the song is good, but it just doesn't have that extra-catchy ooph that "Obsession" had.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Animotion's keyboardist at the time of this album was Paul Antonelli. He had been a member since the band's inception in 1983 and would stay through to 1985. Around the same time, he started getting work as a composer of music for films and TV shows. Beginning in 1984, Antonelli began working as a musical director/supervisor on the hit daytime soap General Hospital. This led to several other gigs on various other soaps. He was consistently employed over the years and as of the time of this posting was still working on the shows Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless. He has been nominated for twelve Daytime Emmy awards over the years winning two.


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