Thursday, April 21, 2022

"Falling Out of Love" by Ivan Neville

Song#:  3812
Date:  02/25/1989
Debut:  91
Peak:  91
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  This son of famous singer Aaron Neville kicked off his own solo career with the '88 album If My Ancestors Could See Me Now. The LP's first single, "Not Just Another Girl," was a winner at Rock getting to #6 while crossing over and making it to #26 Pop. For a follow-up, this next track was issued out. Featuring vocals by his former boss Bonnie Raitt (Neville was in her touring band for a couple of years), the tune couldn't find an audience and stalled low on the Pop chart peaking where it debuted. It seems a third single, "Primitive Man," was released, but it failed to chart. By this point in time, the album had already peaked at #107.

ReduxReview:  "Not Just Another Girl" should have done much better on the Pop chart. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about this single. I don't mean that in a negative way towards the tune. It was actually a quality song. It just wasn't a good candidate for a single and it fared about as well as it could on the chart. The addition of Raitt certainly helped, but the rolling ballad just didn't have the ear-grabbing hooks needed to make it at pop radio.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1)  This song was picked up for use in the 1989 sex rom-com flick Skin Deep, which starred John Ritter. The Blake Edwards comedy was not a critical success, but it ended up being a modest box office hit. An official soundtrack album of songs used in the film was not released.  2) Following his debut, Neville was able to record a second album in 1991, but in an interview in Billboard it seems he was not happy with it. To him the results came out "computerized, slick, and machine-like" so he decided to shelve the LP. With that, it seems the relationship with his label Polydor also came to an end. He would return in '94 with the indie LP Thanks. During this time, Neville was also busy working for other artists. In addition to playing on some Rolling Stones album tracks, he became a member of the X-Pensive Winos, the backing band for Keith Richards for his solo efforts on record and on tour.


No comments:

Post a Comment