Side B of "In the Heat of the Night" begins with a serenade of tender (though high-pitched) vocals and lusty lyrics of "We Live for Love". I'm still not sure whether a person should dance to it, or just sit spellbound by how beautiful it is.
Keeping up with the overall summertime groove of the record, this one's also a classic. Rarely played on FM radio, though well known by even casual listeners.
"Rated X" was originally recorded by Nick Gilder (who recorded "Hot Child in the City", also under the Chrysalis label). Pat turns it into something insanely seductive; her voice saunters through every lyric, despite the trashy content therein. Nothing makes prostitution an acceptable profession, but this song is pretty damn good.
Originally recorded by the Alan Parsons Project, "Don't Let it Show" has made me cry on more than one occasion. It's not a traditional rock song by any means; Pat's voice leans more toward the operatic side for this touching track.
It's the theme song for the rogue and reject in all of us.
When Sweet recorded "No You Don't" for their "Desolation Boulevard" a few years before Pat did, they could have never guessed that a woman would kick ass just a little bit harder by covering it.
And "no, you don't" have to like it, but it's difficult not to!
"So Sincere" (the only track on the record aside from "My Clone Sleeps Alone", in which Pat co-wrote with bassist Roger Capps) is a peculiar song about a woman who doesn't know why she stays together with her partner, especially since she's able to identify the facade they put on for one another. She knows it's headed for failure, but they're "so sincere" in their falseness that nothing's ever going to change unless someone gets wise.
We're living so fast, we're not living at all. |
Two sparrows tied together will always fall.
My favourite line throughout that entire song.
It sounds like it should be a ballad, but it's a hard rocking number with a huge impact, that, though it's the end of the record, makes you want to turn it over, and listen to it just one more time.
"In the Heat of the Night" was followed by "Crimes of Passion" in 1980, which was by far, more commercially successful (peaking at #2 on the charts) but that's a different story for a different day.
My personal picks from this record:
"In the Heat of the Night"
"We Live for Love"
"If You Think You Know How to Love Me"
If I had to rate it on a scale from 1-10 (1 being terrible, 10 being totally kickass) I'd set it at a 7. Some of the cover songs are more like "filler songs", while the original compositions are what holds this record together.
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