First Hit #1: August 30, 1986
While familiar with Higher Love, I had only previously heard it on a very low quality car stereo, some kind of low end am set up on a heavy truck. So this time around I heard it and said “wait, this has steel drums?” Yes, I listened to it on a stereo so terrible that I couldn’t pick out the primary percussion, that’s kind of amazing.
Now that I’ve heard it properly, the best way to describe it is like a tourist in Jamaica. It has the steel drums, it has a bit of the island atmosphere, but it’s clearly just dabbling for a bit before it goes home and settles back into being part of Steve Winwood’s set. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s a pretty decent blue-eyed soul piece and the bright and cheery atmosphere is really nice, especially on a slightly chilly day. It’s a fun song, it’s got a bit of pep to it, and there’s really nothing wrong with being a tourist if everyone’s having a good time.