Friday, June 21, 2019

"All Cried Out" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  2806
Date:  07/26/1986
Debut:  90
Peak:  8
Weeks:  26
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  This outfit earned a gold record with their debut single "I Wonder If I Take You Home." The track would reach #1 at Dance and #8 at R&B. Although it would only get to #34 at Pop, it was a slow burner that lasted on the chart for a lengthy 21 weeks. A follow-up single didn't do as well, but this third single would once again get them a gold record. The ballad would be a significant hit at R&B getting to #3. Like "I Wonder," the track was another slow burner at Pop that took a while to gain an audience. This time around the results were even better and it became the group's first Top 10 hit. It would help drive sales of the album, which would eventually reach platinum status.

ReduxReview:  This weepy track was just so damn good. From the melancholy piano arpeggio opening to the emotive vocals from Lisa Lisa, Paul Anthony, and Bow-Legged Lou, it was nearly a masterpiece of 80s R&B/soul balladry. The songwriting and arrangement were top notch and a bit unexpected from a group known for their beats. It was incredibly memorable and the best part was when the guy sings "I'm so sorry" and Lisa Lisa retorts "apology not accepted, add me to the broken hearts you collected!" I loved this tune from first listen and I still love it. Although the group would have bigger hits to come, this really was their best moment.


Trivia:  This song was later covered by the R&B female vocal quartet Allure. They recorded the tune for their 1997 self-titled debut album. It was the third single released from the album and it would end up being their biggest hit reaching #4 at Pop and #9 R&B. They were assisted on this track by the all-male vocal group 112. That quartet was having success with their 1996 self-titled debut album that featured two R&B Top 10s along with their guest appearance on Puff Daddy's big #1 Pop/#1 R&B hit "I'll Be Missing You" (with Faith Evans). 112 would go on to score six more R&B Top 10's with two of those reaching the Pop Top 10. Unfortunately, Allure was not so lucky. Their second album could only manage a very minor charting song at R&B and that ended their days on the charts. However, they would continue to record and perform over the years.


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