Wednesday, August 4, 2021

"Spring Love (Come Back to Me)" by Stevie B

Song#:  3572
Date:  07/09/1988
Debut:  89
Peak:  43
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Freestyle

Pop Bits:  Stevie B's debut album Party Your Body slowly gained an audience with its first two singles, which included the #21 Dance/#80 Pop track "Dreamin' of Love." This third single would do even better and help increase interest in the LP. The song would become his first and only Top 10 on the Dance chart getting to #5. That popularity helped the song cross over to the Pop chart where it nearly made the Top 40. By September of '88, the album would top out at #78 Pop/#63 R&B. Although the album peaked fairly low, it was a consistent seller thanks to Stevie B's increased popularity and it would be certified gold later in 1990.

ReduxReview:  This track fell right in line with other freestyle songs that were popular at the time. However, all of those were by female vocal groups like Exposé, so Stevie B's brand of freestyle made him stand out a bit from the field. This track caught on well enough in the clubs to go Top 10 while nearly making the Pop Top 40. While I don't think it was as catchy as "Dreamin' of Love," there was something alluring about the layering of voices and melodies in the chorus. It was quite interesting and different from the regular dance club fare. I don't think it was hooky enough to get much further on the Pop chart, but it did the job in gathering more Stevie B fans.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Later in 2009, Stevie B would release an album titled The Terminator. It was his first album in three years. For the LP, Stevie B would record a new version of this song. For the revamp, Stevie B brought in another Miami artist to put his stamp on the track. Pitbull was just beginning to hit is stride around the time he lent a hand to Stevie B. In 2009, Pitbull would score his first Pop Top 10 album, Pitbull Starring in Rebelution (#8) and first Pop Top 10 single, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." His success would continue with a pair of double-platinum LPs and six more Top 10 hits including two #1s; 2011's "Give Me Everything" and 2013's "Timber."


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