on January 25, 2015
Eric Carmen....as talented & romantic as expected.
on May 15, 2007
I just bought this CD as a promo with all the songs included on Ebay for 99 cents. It pays to shop! The album even with two filler numbers has some of Eric's most beautiful songs on it. "I Was Born To Love You" and "I Wanna Take Forever Tonight" are my favorites. Other people put down the album as too MOR but in a few years, this CD will become highly desireable just as Eric's 1985 album has done so. With today's artists having only one hit song on their CD albums, it's refreshing to hear this CD by Eric which is enjoyable and relaxing. Buy it now before it goes completely out of print, folks.
on April 26, 2006
A fan of Eric Carmen since 1972, this long awaited album was a major disappointment for me.
The album is a collection of schmaltzy and boring songs which do not merit comparison to earlier ballads such as 'Don't Wanna Say Goodbye', 'Overnight Sensation', 'All By Myself' and 'Make me Lose Control'. The paucity of up-tempo stuff on the album means lack of musical contrast.
For me, none of the songs here were memorable in the way that you could never forget the eloquence an power of 'All by Myself', even after a single listen. The tempo of this album remained humdrum throughout, without any of the familiar crescendos, pianissimos, and vocal harmonies worked into lush orchestrations.
This collection of songs was crippled, I suspect, by Ricky having been given a shoestring budget to work on. Although 'Hungry Eyes' was not penned by him, he succeeded in making it his own through the arrangements and his delivery.
By contrast, none of the songs in this album possessed the style, beauty, power, and dramatic flow which for me characterises Carmen's best works, as most of the material was weak and insipid.
I have all Carmen's albums since the Raspberries, and most of these remain prized possessions (especially the Raspberries album with the scratch and sniff sticker). I snapped this album up when stumbled across this on a visit to Singapore, but it survived two passes on my platter before making its way rapidly to the charity shop.
I feel sad to trash an Eric Carmen album in such a way, but I found little to like. This album is only for the diehard Carmen fan, and even that is at a push.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2006
I am pretty surprised by the diversed reviews on this CD. Some gave 5 stars and some just 1. I would attribute this to the personal difference in music taste of individuals.
To me, this is a 5 stars although it still lacks the heights of his heydays ("All My Myself" days, which is 6 stars). Eric's talents are again well demonstronstrated in the CD and I found all the tracks pretty listenable.
In fact, I would really like to see more new releases from him. This CD was first (don't know why) released in Japan in 1998 and that's where I got my copy. It was then issued in the States in year 2000. Anyhow, it was 15 years between albums and today is in year 2006. Another 8 years have elapsed.
It just makes me wonder if he has already retired.
This faithful fan here is still anticipating.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2004
In all the years I've been buying albums and CD's, this is the first time I felt like returning a CD to get my money back! This album has to be the worst of Eric Carmen. He was so good in the 70's and 80's but he's definitely "lost it" since then. Track after track of drivelly AC mess. Cover songs, poorly done. And the original stuff sounds at times like he copied Sade's arrangements. OH THE PAIN!! I was truly speechless as I listened. I had to force myself to keep from turning off the CD player. I felt ripped off, as a consumer and as a former Eric Carmen fan. If you liked Eric Carmen's stuff from the past, I urge you to buy the old works and leave the newer stuff where it belongs... in the warehouse of oblivion.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2003
This album took a long time to reach the U.S. It was out in Japan several years ago. It is a very good Eric Carmen album though it does keep itself on the mellow side. Eric has always been a master of the power ballad ever since his Raspberries days.(Don't Wanna Say Goodbye, I Can Remember, Starting Over etc.) What I find missing here are the usually included rockers that are also a powerful part of his repertoire. Remember that this is the guy who wrote "Make Me Lose Control" and "I Wanna Hear It From Your Lips" not to mention Raspberries songs like "Go All The Way", "Overnight Sensation" and my choice for the most overlooked single of all time "Tonight".
Still this CD has some really good songs. Eric finally releases the song he wrote in 80's "Almost Paradise" that was a big hit for Ann Wilson (Heart)and Mike Reno (Loverboy). It also has the best cover ever of the Left Bank's "Walk Away Renee".(The Left Bank is one of Eric's biggest early influences.) This song alone makes this CD worth buying. The production is state of the art big fat and gorgeous.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2001
Strange how artists tend to conform their musical styles to the current mainstream. Not this guy!! This CD is extremely enjoyable to listen to, much in the mindframe of 'Boats Against the Current'. In fact it wasn't until completion of my first listen that I realized there was no real rockers-and ya know? I DIDN'T CARE! Isn't it odd that his most best work is in odes to lost love and heart wrenching ballads? You need to listen to the snippets offered in this listing and you will see that this is one title that has a place in your collection!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2000
...why does Eric continue to squander his still-intact vocal chops on mostly innocuous AC-with-a-beat? And why did he feel the need, after 16 years, to cover his hit ballad composition for Mike Reno and Ann Wilson, "Almost Paradise," as well as the more-recent duet of his "I Wanna Take Forever Tonight" by Peter Cetera & Crystal Bernard?
On the other hand, he also tosses off wonderful ersatz Beach Boys stuff like "Top Down Summer," a note-perfect version of the classic "Walk Away Renee" (in which Eric absolutely nails the airy, almost-ethereal harmonies on the chorus, unlike any other cover I've ever heard of the old Left Banke hit) and crisp, confident pop like "Cartoon World," an unexpected songwriting collaboration with John Wesley Harding. There's also the bouncy pop-rocker "I Could Really Love You," with acoustic and electric guitar parts by ex-Raspberry Wally Bryson; it ain't the 'berries, but it ain't bad.
What I don't get is how a guy with the songwriting chops to pen eleven Top 40 hits for himself and the Raspberries (and a few more for other artists), the ability to play pretty much all the instruments, obvious skill as an arranger and producer, and a great pop tenor--range seemingly unimpaired by time--could go a decade-and a-half between albums. I hadn't even heard a rumor of new material since the late '80s, when he was supposedly working with Jimmy Ienner to follow-up the 1988 hit "Make Me Lose Control" with an album for Arista. Since then, nada.
For me, then, the buying decision on I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU would be pretty simple: there are enough standout tracks to outweigh the filler, and it's been a 16-year wait since his last album of new recordings. Don't wait any longer.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2000
Eric Carmen's gift for melody and orchestration has not been put to such intoxicating use since his Boats Against The Current Album. A romantic, a borrower of rich classic musical phrases, and sentimental to boot, it always seemed to me that Eric Carmen was more comfortable with a swooning pop song than the rock-infused sound of his band The Raspberries. Here, the music is beautiful, and the cuts feature the title track, which might have been a huge hit for another artist, Top Down Summer, which is all that a summer song should be (wistful and fun), and a kicky re-make of the perfect pop song Walk Away Renee. The orchestrations might have soared a bit more, and sounded more lush, had Eric not done them all himself (the drums/rhythm tracks in particular sound canned at times), but overall this is a lovely record. Long live Eric Carmen!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Where in the world has Eric been for so long? It's nice to have him back, and this collection is a solid effort. The ballads, as always, are his strongest point and he offers some nice ones here: "I Was Born to Love You," "Someone That You Loved Before," "Almost Paradise," and "I Wanna Take Forever Tonight." The uptempo tunes range from fun and inventive: "Top Down Summer" to contrived ("Cartoon World"). But the whole effect is nostalgically pleasant and conjures up memories of his great songs like "Change of Heart," "All By Myself," "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again," and "Boats Against the Current." Don't stay away so long next time, Eric.