Peter Cetera and Amy Grant – Next Time I Fall in Love

First Hit #1: December 6, 1986

There are many ways to establish a solo career. Peter Cetera chose to just do the same thing he did with Chicago – big ballads with heavy synthesizers and slightly cheesy but still appealing choruses about love. It went well for him, at least in 1986, because here we have his second hit. This does mark a very small change for Cetera, since he brings along a female vocalist along for the ride in the form of Amy Grant. But, while Grant has an appealing voice, we can’t forget that this is the Peter Cetera show, and she is only a minor player in the song overall. Yeah, she gets a few lines and sings some harmony, but Cetera steamrolls over everything else, and ensures there’s no question about whose album this is going on. But then again, that’s fair, it’s Cetera’s song, and a pinch of Grant does at least give us an appealing flavor that wouldn’t otherwise be there. It’s nothing new from Cetera, and I don’t think he’s actually all that interested in doing something new to be honest, but if you liked him before you’re going to find something to like here.

If you don’t like Cetera, this is just going to confirm everything you think of him.

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2 Responses to Peter Cetera and Amy Grant – Next Time I Fall in Love

  1. tPenguinLTG says:

    I’d like to point out that this is Amy Grant’s first work in the secular music field.
    Also, Bobby Caldwell, the writer, recorded his own version later in 1988.
    It’s an interesting take, but I prefer Peter Cetera’s version, partly because I can’t seem to ignore Caldwell’s accent.

  2. RBerman says:

    Caldwell has a good voice, but his production is even less descript than that on Cetera’s version, which itself is meh. Caldwell also lacks the “David Foster key change” between the third and fourth verses (counting with two verses before the first chorus and two after it). Just counting lines, Grant and Cetera each get two verses. This song doesn’t seem to have been written as a duet, but its lyrics still make more sense in “he said/she said” format than, say, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” does.

    As for Amy Grant, depends on what you count as “first work in the secular music field”; her 1985 “Unguarded” album was intended as a crossover pop release and charted two singles in the Hot 100, with “Find a Way” making it to #29. The whole “Unguarded”album had a single overt religious reference (in the bridge of “Find a Way”) and was dually released on Myrrh Records (to the Christian marketplace) and A&M Records (to the mainstream). Despite the mainly religious bent of her music, Grant also had been recording love songs since her 1977 debut, which contained “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life,” soon afterward a #1 country single for Ronnie Milsap. The carefully chosen lyrics of that song at least plausibly might indicate devotion to a Divine Lover, whereas “Next Time I Fall” is clearly a romantic “We broke up, but we should get back together” proposition that nestles easily in Cetera’s Chicagoesque discography, his last trip to the top of the charts.

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