First Hit #1: October 20, 1990
I don’t like the piano James Ingram uses on this song. In the video he uses a real piano, but in the actual song it’s some kind of synthesized version and it sounds pretty cheap. I also don’t like the electric guitar that kicks in late in the song, since it doesn’t seem to have any reason to exist. We’ve got a song built on strings and piano, and then suddenly this guitar butts in like an uninvited guest at a party thrown by some polite people. It doesn’t belong, but nobody is going to ask it to leave because it would make a scene and spoil the light adult-contemporary vibe.
Which is a shame, because I do like Ingram’s performance, he does a lot with what he’s given and he’s got a quality voice to push it all through. He’s not doing anything new – in all honesty, I kept expecting this to be tied into a Richard Gere movie – but he’s good at what he does, and it’s a shame that his performance is undercut by some bad production.