Friday, August 2, 2019

"Another Heartache" by Rod Stewart

Song#:  2848
Date:  08/30/1986
Debut:  85
Peak:  52
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Stewart once again found himself in the Pop Top 10 with "Love Touch" (#6), the theme song from the film Legal Eagles. The tune also served as the first single from his fourteenth studio album Every Beat of My Heart. Stewart needed this follow-up single to do well in order to keep album sales going. Unfortunately, the tune couldn't quite catch on and it stopped shy of the halfway point on the chart. It also made a brief appearance on the Rock chart at #45. Without a second significant hit, the album stopped and #28 and failed to reach gold-level sales.

ReduxReview:  Stewart goes for a more contemporary rock sound here and it doesn't work out all that well. He sounds so stiff on this track. He fights against it, especially in the chorus, but it just makes the song sound awkward. The tune itself is just okay. It's certainly not one of the best efforts from Adams/Vallance (see below) and it didn't make a good single candidate. I like Stewart a little more loose and even a bit kooky. This slice of corporate rock just didn't suit him well.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Here's another charting song by the writing team of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. As a side gig, the pair would write songs that would be hawked to other artists. Many artists from various genres of music would record the pair's songs including Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Krokus, Lonestar, Neil Diamond, Motley Crue, and Celine Dion. Several of these would be released as singles with seven of them reaching the US Pop chart. Unfortunately, none of the tunes would reach the Top 10. The only one to get close was Joe Cocker's 1989 hit "When the Night Comes," which got to #11. That song was written by Adams and Vallance with Diane Warren.


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