Monday, July 11, 2022

"Let Me In" by Eddie Money

Song#:  3874
Date:  04/22/1989
Debut:  81
Peak:  60
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Although "The Love in Your Eyes," the second single from Money's album Nothing to Lose, would be a #1 hit at Rock, it fared less well at Pop where it could only reach #24. Still, that was a good enough reason for the label to issue out this third single. Unfortunately it didn't perform nearly as well getting to #30 Pop and stopping short of the top half of the Pop chart. Another track from the album, "Forget About Love," would get enough airplay to reach #36 on the Rock chart. By this point the album had already peaked at #49. It missed reaching the gold level sales mark, which was a disappointment coming off of his 1986 platinum effort Can't Hold Back.

ReduxReview:  This is kind of a dark and sultry song for Money. It was a good track that was nicely produced and featured a good vocal turn from Money. However, it just didn't have that big hook factor needed to make it go further on the Pop chart. The song fit Branigan quite well (see below), but again it just wasn't single-worthy. Still, it was a solid track that was a good addition to Money's album.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Dennis Matkosky and Paul Gordon. Matkosky had been a co-writer on several pop and country hits including the #1 soundtrack song "Maniac" by Michael Sembello. Gordon also had a few hits under his belt including the #1 "The Next Time I Fall" by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant. The pair also co-wrote (with Lou Pardini) "We've Saved the Best for Last" (#47 Pop/#4 AC/#18 R&B) for Kenny G, which featured vocals by Smokey Robinson. Although "Let Me In" wouldn't be a big hit for Eddie Money, the song found its way over to Laura Branigan. She would record a version for her 1990 self-titled album. It would be co-produced by Matkosky. The track would not be released as a single. The album would end up being Branigan's last to make the Pop chart at #133. It's lead single "Moonlight on Water" would only get to #53 and also be her last to make the Pop chart.


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