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Easton, Sheena - 1981 You Could Have Been With Me

ARTIST: Easton, Sheena
ALBUM: You Could've Been With Me
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: 1985, EMI America, CDP-790268-2 * 2000, EMI/One Way, 7243 5 23536 2 0


LINEUP: Sheena Easton - lead vocals * Phil Palmer - guitar * Ian Lynn - keyboards, synthesizers * Andy Brown - bass * Peter Van Hooke - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Little Tenderness * 02 Savoir Faire (He's Got) * 03 Just Another Broken Heart * 04 I'm Not Worth The Hurt * 05 You Could Have Been With Me * 06 A Letter From Joey * 07 Telephone Lines * 08 Johnny * 09 Trouble In The Shadows * 10 Isn't It So

WEBLINKS: www.sheenaeaston.com

Between 1980 and 1981, Sheena Easton was indeed the Queen of Scots with three major hit singles in both the UK and US. 'Modern Girl', 'Morning Train (Nine to Five)' and the theme song from the James Bond film 'For Your Eyes Only' made Easton a star that was never sure of her own talents. Attractive with a voice that could melt glass, Sheena like most artists of the day capitalized on the MTV medium which helped for a while, but she seemed to be searching for a niche even trying a duet with Kenny Rogers on a cover of Bob Seger's 'We've Got Tonight' which was a big hit on country radio. Yet, one couldn't help but wonder if her better days as a pop songstress were over. Not so after collaborating with Prince, charting with a number of hit singles and a marketing of her as an R&B sexpot ala Janet Jackson but for this reviewer, musically it was far less interesting than Easton's early work, including her second long player 'You Could Have Been With Me'.

The Songs
'A Little Tenderness' kicks off the album off with a bang. A solid pop number, tailor made for the Easton touch and one of the albums three singles. Off to a great start so far and 'Savoir Faire (He's Got)' proves the previous song was no fluke with a slight jazz touch and a great showcase for Sheena's voice. Another radio favourite 'Just Another Broken Heart' could easily pass for Scandal; but believe it or not, it's one of my least favourite tracks on the album. Go figure? 'I'm Not Worth The Hurt' is an average ballad and not much to write home about, but it's the title track that sends this reviewer into another world with a gorgeous ballad that builds to a dramatic finish and sets up camp in the listeners brain forever. In the list of Sheena Easton singles, 'You Could Have Been With Me' nears the top of the list. I hear a lot of GD fave Marcy Levy in 'A Letter From Joey' and as you can imagine it's another winner. From here on I'll admit that with the exception of the bouncy 'Trouble In The Shadows', the material becomes just a little too average. In the hands of a lesser singer this might mean certain disaster but Easton brings out the best in each cut making the record a well rounded listen overall and certainly worth owning.

In Summary
In the 1990's Easton kept a low profile releasing a handful of albums and getting involved in charity work. These days she looks better than ever and continues to do occasional tours on the casino circuit. Sheena has a web site and although it's poorly designed and rarely updated, it's worth a look.

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#1 | jeffduran on October 26 2008 23:13:40
"Telephone Lines" is great AOR/POP! Cool to see her reviewed here. Worked with some great songwriters which provoked an AOR sheen out of Easton!
#2 | dangerzone on November 30 2011 12:39:00
Agree about 'Telephone Lines.' What a melodic feast this song is.
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