Saturday, January 18, 2014
Anne Murray - New Kind of Feeling
This month marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of New Kind of Feeling, the thirteenth studio album from Canadian singer-songwriter Anne Murray. The Platinum selling album went to number 23 on the US Billboard Album chart, number 6 on the Canadian Pop chart, number 2 on the US Billboard Country chart, and number 1 on the Canadian Country chart.
Side one starts with “Shadows in the Moonlight”, a sweet love song that quite a bit of radio airplay back in 1979. As the second single it reached number 95 in Australia, number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 10 on the Canadian Pop chart, and number 1 on both the Canadian and US Adult Contemporary and Country charts.
The up-beat “You’ve Got What It Takes” follows. It was co-written by Berry Gordy Jr. and his sister Gwen.
The Carpenters first had a hit with “I Just Fall in Love Again” in 1977, but it was Dusty Springfield’s version that inspired Murray to cover the song. As a single, it went to number 58 in the UK, number 46 in Australia, number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 1 on Canada’s Pop, Country and Adult Contemporary charts and on the US Billboard Country and Adult Contemporary charts. I like the piano accompaniment on this version.
Next up is “Take This Heart”, a country song filled with heartbreak and sorrow.
“Yucatan Café”, the B-side to the second single, is a gentle country number about finding new love in an exotic locale.
Side two begins with “For No Reason at All”, a song about being so overjoyed from all the love in your life.
“Raining in My Heart” was a hit back in 1959 by Buddy Holly. Twenty years later, Murray covered it quite beautifully.
“That’s Why I Love You”, co-written by Andrew Gold and Gene Garfin, is next.
“(He Can’t Help It If) He’s Not You” embraces Murray‘s country roots.
The album closes with “Heaven Is Here”, a mid-tempo tune with a slight south-of-the-border rhythm.
Though it was only released on vinyl and cassette back in the day, you can find New Kind of Feeling on both iTunes and Amazon.com as a digital download. I like to see that as I think Anne Murray has a wonderful voice. I always was put at ease any time one of her songs came on the radio when I was growing up.