Saturday, July 23, 2022

"Rooms on Fire" by Stevie Nicks

Song#:  3884
Date:  05/06/1989
Debut:  85
Peak:  16
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  After working and touring with Fleetwood Mac for the 1987 album Tango in the Night and 1988's Greatest Hits, Nicks returned to solo work and began recording her fourth solo album with producer Rupert Hine. Titled The Other Side of the Mirror, it was a work that had themes loosely based on the Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This first single was released and it shot straight to #1 at Rock becoming her second solo chart topper. Over on the Pop chart, the tune made a steady climb, but ended up stopping inside the Top 20. It marked the first time a lead single from one of Nick's solo albums failed to make the Pop Top 10. A second single, "Long Way to Go," which featured Bruce Hornsby, was able to get to #11 Rock, but it failed to make the Pop chart. Despite not spawning a more robust hit, the album still made it to #10 and became a platinum seller.

ReduxReview:  Nicks' solo career wasn't quite as well received in the UK despite Fleetwood Mac doing well there (three main members were from England). Up to this point she was unable to get a Top 40 hit. This song would end up being her biggest solo hit in the UK reaching #16 and the album her best effort at #3. I'm not sure what made this song catch on in the UK over her other classics. Perhaps having Brit producer Hine drew attention. When this single came out, I wasn't blown away by it. While the chorus was catchy, the tune as a whole sounded more like a third single candidate instead of a lead single. The album was a bit underwhelming as well. There were only a couple of tracks that stuck with me including the rocker "Whole Lotta Love," which earned Nicks a Grammy nod for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. Her next album Street Angel was a total snoozer and I nearly gave up on Nicks. But then she came roaring back with Trouble In Shangri-La and has done some good work since.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Nicks would release the compilation Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks in 1991. The album included three new tracks including "Sometimes It's a Bitch," a song written by Jon Bon Jovi with Billy Falcon. It would be issued out as a single and get to #7 Rock and #56 Pop. The LP would be a #30 platinum seller. She would hit a bump in the road with 1994's Street Angel. Although it went gold, the LP wasn't received well and became her lowest peaking at #45. It featured what is to-date her last song to make the Pop chart, the #57 "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" (#17 AC/#36 Rock). Nicks would rebound with 2001's Trouble in Shangri-La. It would get to #5 and go gold. The LP featured a pair of AC Top 20 hits along with her first and only #1 on the Dance chart "Planets of the Universe." To-date, Nicks has released two more studio albums and both have made the Top 10. In 1998, Nicks would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac. In 2019, she would be inducted again as a solo artist. That honor made her the first female to be inducted into the Hall twice.


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