Friday, May 1, 2020

"Point of No Return" by Exposé

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3120
Date:  05/09/1987
Debut:  68
Peak:  5
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Freestyle, Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  This Miami-based vocal trio made a splash with the #5 "Come Go with Me," a single from their debut album Exposure. For a follow-up, this next track was selected. It would do equally as well reaching #5 on the Pop chart. The album would hit its initial peak of #23 not long after the release of this song and the hit would help it maintain a steady Top 40 presence throughout the summer.

ReduxReview:  This one followed directly in the footsteps of "Come Go with Me" and even reached the same peak. It was an equally good song and in some ways there were things about it I preferred over the first hit. Sometimes having two songs in the same format with the same feel released as consecutive singles doesn't work with the follow-up not doing nearly as well. However, this song had the right hooks to make it stand out on its own. The trio would have other hits, but these two #5 hits would easily be their best 1-2 punch.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Technically, this was the fourth single from the album. In 1985, this song and "Exposed to Love" were picked up by Arista Records and released as singles. Neither would reach the Pop chart, but both were hits at Dance reaching #1 and #12, respectively. These recordings were done with the original members of the trio. After Arista called for a full album, the trio was fully recast with three new members. When the Exposure album was first released, it included the original versions of the first two singles along with tracks from the new Exposé lineup including the next single "Come Go with Me." As that song was shaping up to be a hit, the trio went back into the studio and re-recorded "Point of No Return." Since it did not hit the Pop chart the first time around, a reissue in a new version seemed like a viable follow-up. The album was then updated with further pressing replacing the old trio version of the song with the new one. The new single would become the trio's second consecutive #5 hit.


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