Sunday, August 25, 2013

Peter Cetera - Solitude/Solitaire

When Chicago evolved from the jazzy rock band that gave us "25 or 6 to 4" into the power ballad dynamo that gave us "You're the Inspiration," Peter Cetera found himself in the spotlight. He did what anyone does in that situation: he struck out on his own.

Solitude/Solitaire is his second, and probably best solo album. If you know this album, chances are it's because of the hit ballad "Glory of Love" which was prominently featured in Karate Kid II (a movie which looks better and better with each successive failure to produce a decent follow-up to the original Karate Kid. Yeah, Will Smith's kid, I'm talking to you. Oh, and don't think you're getting off easy, Hillary Swank). Aside from the obvious hit tune, this album is an amiable collection of AOR. Nothing particularly offends on this album, but I wasn't really swept away by anything either.

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