Friday, December 18, 2020

"Seasons Change" by Exposé

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Song#:  3351
Date:  11/28/1987
Debut:  57
Peak:  1 (1 week)
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The female vocal trio's debut album Exposure had already gone platinum thanks to three Pop Top 10 hits. It was decided that a fourth single was in order and this ballad was selected. While it wasn't a major risk, the trio had established themselves with upbeat dance tunes so this slower paced track was definitely a change of pace and it went over extremely well. The song became their first to hit #1 on both the Pop and AC charts, while also getting to #27 on the R&B chart. It would end up being the biggest chart hit of the trio's career.

ReduxReview:  The timing of this single was a bit unusual, yet perfect. After a pair of uptempo hits, this song seemed like a natural follow-up, but another dance track was released instead. The (pardon the pun) overexposure generated by the first three hits might have hampered the chart prospects for this ballad. Luckily, the tune was strong enough to crash both the Pop and AC charts in a big way. It was the perfect way to end the run of singles from the album. Producer/songwriter Lewis A. Martineé did an excellent job with composition and production on the track and I'd rank it as his best effort.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  With this song making the Pop Top 10, it set a chart record. Exposé became the first group to earn four Top 10 hits from a debut album. However, they weren't the first overall artist to achieve that feat. The first artist to get four Top 10 hits from a debut album was Cyndi Lauper who did it with her 1983 multi-platinum debut She's So Unusual.


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