Single Of The Week 06/11/96

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Belinda Carlisle
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After one false start, Belinda Carlisle is enjoyed renewed top 10 success in Australia with her current single, 'In Too Deep' (written by her longtime songwriter Rick Nowells and produced by ex-Split Enz engineer David Tickle). This track is the follow-up, and probably would have been released in Australia by now if 'In Too Deep' hadn't made a sudden re-entry into the charts a month or two after its release. Being an impatient and obsessive type, I bought the British import single a mere handful of days before the track became available on the Warbling One's latest album, A Woman And A Man.

The particular interest factor in this second single is that it's written and produced by Roxette's Per Gessle (along with his longtime studio partner Clarence Ofwerman). The combination of Roxette and Carlisle is likely to either excite you greatly or repulse you completely. When the single charted in the UK Top Ten, Music Week's chart columnist commented that the end result was disappointing, considering his high expectations. I can't say I agree; this takes the typical Roxette sound and adds Belinda's highly distinctive vocals to create a great pop track. Great pop doesn't always get much of a look-in these days, but since when did that stop me?

Doubtless this single will be out in Australia sometime soon, although it's unlikely to get the two-part release from the UK. The first disc (pictured here) features two non-album tracks (one, 'Love Walks In', co-written by ex-Go-Go Charlotte Caffey, and a cover of 'The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan'), while the second combines three of Belinda's earlier Heaven On Earth-era hits. One would hope for the former to be released in Australia, while mildly suspecting the latter.

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