Monday, November 19, 2012
"Feels So Right" by Alabama (1981)
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"That old flame might not be stronger, but it's been burning longer than any spark I might have started in your eyes."
Love in the First Degree, Hollywood, Old Flame, Woman Back Home
My Overall Rating of the Tracks Separately:
Recommended Listening (3/4 stars)
My parents love to tell the following story... When I was three, I went to church for the first time. The Sunday school teacher asked the class if anyone had a verse or a song they would like to share. At which point, I raised my hand and delivered a rousing chorus of Nick Glider's Hot Child in the City.
I don't remember that.
My earliest musical memories don't kick in until a few years later. I was five when Love in the First Degree and Old Flame came out. Those are among the first songs I can remember hearing on the radio when they were new - experiencing them for the first time at the same time as my parents. I remember those songs specifically because of how much I liked them.
Obviously, I had no clue what they were about (love being compared to capital crime and the politics of exes), I just knew that I liked the way they made me feel and they were fun to sing along with. Two decades later, I find myself returning to those simplistic criteria.
But what about the nostalgia filter? How do those songs hold up when heard by much more sophisticated ears? Well, they're still a lot of fun to sing along with. And, to borrow a line from an Alabama song, that's close enough to perfect for me.
So, is it an album? Yes. This time they strike a perfect balance between pop and country.
Up next, we spin an LP I mentioned in my first ever entry for this blog. Break out the face paint, it's "Alive!" by Kiss.