Not many albums make the top ten, and re-enter some 18 months later. This album is one of the few.
Released towards the end of 1989, Belinda's third solo album strengthened her position in the UK as a credible performer appealing to a broad fanbase.
With six songs co-written, and whole album produced by Rick Nowels, it's easy to see how his songwriting has since progressed (he co-wrote Robert Miles' One & One, Madonna's Power Of Goodbye, Ronan's Rollercoaster and Melanie C's Northern Star amongst others). It wouldn't take much imagination at all to imagine Belinda singing the latter two in particular.
Leave A Light On, Runaway Horses and (We Want) The Same Thing are all classic pop-rock stompers, although the version of The Same Thing on this album was thankfully beefed up for single release. Vision Of You is suitably tragic, La Luna suitable dramatic, and Summer Rain, suitably the best thing she has ever done.
Released as a single in Christmas 1990, to capitalise on the top ten success of The Same Thing, Summer Rain was never going to be a festive hit (it was released in the US as the follow up to Leave A Light On and made the top 30) but it remains the highlight of a conventional yet original set of 10 songs. With lyrics from Maria 'Body Rock' Vidal, the dramtic scope of the story told and accompanying video should have made it an MTV classic.
Of the 4 album tracks that weren't released as singles, Whatever It Takes is one of the strongest on the whole album, complete with BV's from Bryan Adams (the song was written as a duet but he didn't care for a shared lead, apparantly). DDeep Deep Ocean is also a highlight, complete with George Harrison guitar solo.
While the singles weren't all huge successes, its nice to knwo that enough people bought the album to appreciate the 10 songs here, and the fact that Amazon are selling it some 11 years after its release its even nicer that people will still interested.