Tuesday, January 5, 2021

"Rhythm of Love" by Yes

Song#:  3366
Date:  12/19/1987
Debut:  86
Peak:  40
Weeks:  12
Genre:  Prog Rock

Pop Bits:  After a three-year absence, Yes returned with their twelfth studio album Big Generator. Its first single, "Love Will Find a Way," became a big hit at Rock reaching #1. Over on the Pop chart, it didn't do as well halting at #30. However, the results called for a follow-up and this next track was selected. The song predictably did well at Rock getting to #2, but like their previous single, this one stalled early at Pop after just cracking the Top 40. Still, the airplay on rock radio was enough to help the album get to #15.

ReduxReview:  This track was in-line with what that band was pushing out at the time. It was a good song that had an ear towards rock radio, but it wasn't as commercially appealing as their #1 hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart." In other words, it was typical 80s Yes. It didn't move the band forward, but didn't necessarily set them back. While that was not necessarily a bad thing, the problem was that the tunes became forgettable. Been there, done that.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  With the two main singles from the album not doing all that well on the Pop chart, the label decided no further singles would be formally released. However, two other track from the album would receive enough airplay to get on the Rock chart. "Shoot High Aim Low" would nearly crack the Top 10 at #11 while "Final Eyes" would get to #20. These two tracks along with the two proper singles helped the album sell well and in April of '88 it would become a platinum seller. At the time of certification, it was the band's third platinum LP following 1978's Tormato and 1984's 90125. However, after a 1998 review of their catalog sales, four of their albums turned platinum while another was certified 2x platinum. The review also boosted the sales of 90125 from platinum to triple-platinum.


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