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Lew Bundles

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38. “Make Me Lose Control” – Eric Carmen: Although it took over a decade for Eric Carmen to experience a Hot 100 comeback, he finally did in 1988… though after this, he never had another major it. It’s a shame, considering that this isn’t nearly as bad as “All BY Myself” over a decade earlier. This song is relaxingly nostalgic, at least in the verses, where the piano chords call back to the Drifters and the melody harks back to “Hang On Sloopy”. The chorus, though, is relatively limp, as if Carmen wasn’t sure where to take the sound and resorted instead to some pretty standard, generic, sing-along AOR chorus. Yeah, this ain’t awful, but I would sure hesitate before calling it any good. Oh well – it’s not like Carmen really left much of an impression on me in the first place…


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And here is what this clown said about Hungry Eyes in the same article:

25. “Hungry Eyes” – Eric Carmen: And now for Eric Carmen’s other huge hit from 1988. The best memory I have connected with this song is the one time I sang it as a duet on karaoke with no idea how the melody goes, outside of the title phrase. Once I finally watched Dirty Dancing and heard it in connection to the film, I realized I wasn’t all too far off. It’s still pretty awesome that they got the guy who whined along to “All By Myself” and managed to churn out this pretty passable pop-rock ditty. As passable as it is, though, it is also terribly generic – typical verse-chorus-verse structure, twinkly synths, saxophone. It’s all there and nothing innovative is done with any of it. Yeah, I can see myself getting awfully sick of this after a few dozen listens. It’s totally inoffensive, though.

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