Sunday, February 27, 2022

"Don't Tell Me Lies" by Breathe

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3765
Date:  01/14/1989
Debut:  96
Peak:  10
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Sophisti-Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The UK band's debut album All That Jazz would turn into a gold seller thanks to a pair of Pop Top 10 hits including the #2 "Hands to Heaven." To keep the momentum going, this next single was issued out. The original version of this song had been released in January of 1986 as the band's debut single in the UK. At the time it would reach #77. Two years later after a pair of hits, this remixed version would become the band's third single in the US. The tune would once again do well for the band and reach the Pop Top 10 while also making it to #5 at AC. The remix would also be pushed out in the UK and on the song's second run, it would do a little better reaching #45. A fourth single, "All This I Should Have Known," would be released in the US, but it could only get to #34 AC.

ReduxReview:  After a pair of ballads, this upbeat tune was a nice change of pace from the band. The tune was easy to digest with its shuffling beat, hooky chorus, and David Glasper's soaring vocals. Hearing it now it just seems so odd that it failed the first time (and kinda the second time too) in the UK. It was a pleasant, memorable, radio-ready track.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  After the success of their first LP, the band went back into the studio to record a follow-up. Peace of Mind would be ready by the fall of 1990 and its first single, "Say a Prayer," would be issued out. It was a dud in the UK only getting to #92. The tune did better in the US where it got to #3 AC and #21 Pop. A second single, "Does She Love That Man?," would fare less well reaching #17 AC/#34 Pop. Those results left the album peaking at a minor #116. The music biz seemed to get the best of the band and by 1992, they decided to call it quits. Members of the band went off to pursue other careers with a couple of them dabbling in their own music projects along the way.


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