Friday, 12 December 2014

Louise 'Arms Around The World'

Chart Peak: 4
'Arms Around The World' made No. 4 in late September '97 and Louise's 6th solo hit since leaving Eternal in 1995... Her 7th hit, a cover of the Average White Band's 1980 classic 'Let's Go Round Again' is due for mid-November release.
Second sleeve note running to plug the follow-up single, which seems a bit like it's underselling the track it actually has to offer. Perhaps they were hoping to keep the 70s retro connection going, tenuously. It's slightly odd to be reticent about this, which proved to be her biggest-selling solo single, although admittedly it was favoured by being the first single from the album, released at the peak of her career and in one of the best years ever for single sales.  It's fair to say it's not the song she's most remembered for these days but it's actually not bad, although it is one of those songs that starts with a panoply of different "ethnic" instruments and then reverts to conventional late-90s pop. Still, it's got a good positive-sounding chorus and at least it makes me want to like it.

Also appearing on: Now 32, 33, 34, 35, 39, 46, 47, 50
Available on: Greatest Hits: 90s

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