Y’all, each day it takes a fair amount of restraint to not select a song from the 1987-1991 heyday of hair metal. (Thanks for ruining all that was right with the world, KURT COBAIN.) This genre is so full of bravado and power chords that I DARE you to not find a “best part” within even some of the worst among the catalog.
Today’s pick, however, is unequivocally one of the best of its breed! First, the sweet earnestness with which lead singer Eric Martin (yeah, yeah, I had to Wiki that) delivers the lyrics makes me believe (deep inside) that he, in fact, truly does want to be with me!
Best part? 2:51. You think it’s the post-bridge key change (2:28), with its dramatic pause and increased tambourine-play. But then! The key changes again, back to the original! And while the backing vocals revert to a lower register, the lead part somehow manages to swell further in intensity! It’s a clever little surprise, and far less “cheap” than one simple dramatic key change. Yeah, I’m looking at you, “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
Side note, singing friends. This song is a toughie at karaoke. It is never clear if you are supposed to slog through the chorus with the backing singers, or pseudo-improvise the lead vocals. “Waaaaiiited on a line,” and etc. etc. Better to leave this one to the professionals.