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Twenty 1

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago 21 Chicago 1.Explain It to My Heart 2.If It Were You 3.You Come to My Senses 4.Somebody Somewhere 5.What Does It Take 6.One from the Heart 7.Chasin' the Wind 8.God Save the Queen 9.Man to Woman 10.Only Time Can Heal the Wounded 11.Who Do You Love 12.Holdin' On


1. Explain It To My Heart
2. If It Were You
3. You Come To My Senses
4. Somebody, Somewhere
5. What Does It Take
6. One From The Heart
7. Chasin' The Wind
8. God Save The Queen
9. Man To Woman
10. Only Time Can Heal The Wounded
11. Who Do You Love
12. Holdin' On

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LN2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rollie Anderson on May 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Was this cd the reason Chicago stopped making new music? It might be a disappointing effort but it isn't a total loss by any means. "Chasing the wind" "Explain it to my heart" and "God save the Queen" are very good cuts that I look forward to when I put this one on. But 3 good ones don't make up for the mediocre songs that remain. It's just that the tunes are not well-written because the production and musicianship are top-notch, as always. And the vocals are outstanding throughout. I only wish they had continued to push onward considering the great songwriters they have in the band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven R Fleck on December 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Twenty 1, in it's unqualified commercial failure, proved to Warner Brothers that Chicago covering Diane Warren's generic, 3-chord power ballads doen't necessarily equal success. This idea paved the way for the fantastic (but still unreleased) all-original Chicago 22 (Stone of Sisyphus), a gem that all fans need to obtain.
Back to the topic, Twenty 1 does contain 3 breakout tracks which far exceed the similarly rated tracks on their last couple of albums. Jason Scheff's IF IT WERE YOU, Jimmy Pankow/Scheff's GOD SAVE THE QUEEN & Bill Champlin's WHO DO YOU LOVE do a whole lot for restoring the credibility of these guys as excellent songwriter/musicians. That they're sandwiched on bread containing the externally written EXPLAIN IT TO MY HEART, YOU COME TO MY SENSES & CHASIN' THE WIND, among other good but forgettable originals makes STONE OF SISYPHUS & hope for the future that much more positive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gord o' The Books on June 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, I know - David Foster produced neither this album nor its predecessor. But the style and direction that he established in 16, lasted through this album. The Foster Era was all about maintaining relevance in the music business. The addition of Bill Champlin was to become Chicago's permanent resolution to losing Terry, and it worked.

But, while scoring mega-hits and making a perfect landing into the world of 1980s pop, the group continued to flounder in the search for a guitarist, and in dealing with whatever was going on with Danny Seraphine. This album marked the first perfect blending of Champlin, classic Chicago, the true emergence of Jason Scheff as a member in his own right, and the Foster touch, and thus became another one of those transition albums. DaWayne Bailey finally gets billing as a band member - but he too would be let go. What was to come next - the adding of Tris Imboden and Keith Howland to the band, would represent the first real gelling of the Chicago sound in its history, (in that, all of the members really wanted to be in Chicago).

The weird thing about this CD is, every time I listen to it, I like it better, and it almost seems like the first time. I think I have my guard up, expecting it to be bad, so I make up things that are wrong with it. Over time, I open up my ears and heart, and begin to realize that it really is quite good.

Somebody Somewhere is a great song, folks. Who Do You Love could have been a track on Chicago V or VI. In fact, the worst part of this CD isn't a song at all - it's DaWayne Bailey's goofy headband in the group photo.

You Come To My Senses is the most infamous Chicago song of all time - but really, it is extremely well-produced.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
OK - to start, let's take the typical "80s ballad formula" on which most of "Twenty One" is based: massive rhythm section, layers of fizzy keyboards, VERY high lead vocals, and a wailing guitar solo after the second chorus. Rounded off with a highly original key change thrown in for good measure (as on "Explain It to My Heart" and "You Come to my Senses.")
This approach certainly worked for Peter Cetera-period Chicago (and for that matter, innumerable 80s soft-rock groups.) Therein lies the major flaw with this release. While there are a few good tracks scattered around the album (the best being "God Save the Queen" and "If It Were You," funky & reminiscent of early Chicago with the famed horn section back with a vengeance!), much of the material could have been released by Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, Def Leppard, or Bon Jovi. It's simply not "real" Chicago, just a collection of (mostly) externally-written, bland love-songs, most of which sound more or less identical.
"Chasing the Wind" sounds excellent when it starts with just keyboard & Bill Champlin's vocals, but predictably deteriorates into yet another over-produced power-ballad, with (you guessed it!) the cliched, way-over-the-top squealing guitar solo!
There are still some flashes of brilliance - in places, the horns nearly come to the rescue - but somebody in the record company killed this band's creativity - WHY was Stone of Sisyphus never released????
Well if recent talk / rumours are anything to go by, Chicago XXVII is on the way, which should be a big improvement & something to look forward to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slo Basting on June 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Chicago 21 tries to use the formula the band used for 19: Scheff and Champlin provide most of the material, Diana Warren throws in two ballets, Lamm manages two compositions, with Pankow and Scheff providing a needed social commentary about the environment. It should have made for a best seller.
Yet, you won't find any recognizable song titles on this CD because the band flopped on their late night appearance promoting the first release (Explain it to my Heart) and played few if any tunes from it while on tour. What a shame! This CD provides a range of music styles worth some listening.
Diane Warren wrote "Explain it To my Heart" which is the way a cresendoing ballad should be; although "Chasing the Wind" has some element missing which I can't determine.
Scheff provides a good rocker with "If it were you", though it can't distract one from the weak ensuing ballad "You Come to My Senses". (Please Jason, do NOT pretend to be PC).
Champlin's "Someway Somewhere" sounds more appropriate performed by the Eagles or John Cougar Meloncamp. Yet it's refreshing to hear the band's efforts.
"What Does it Take" works on a nice formula, although Scheff's screeching of "You are my Destiny" can rub one the wrong way.
Lamm's "One from the Heart" is a nice uptempo bit, although he clearly borrowed a lot of material from "I Stand Up" on 19. His "Only Time Can Heal the Wounded" is a tune which develops very nicely. It's a shame the effort of this composition is not in his others.
"God Save the Queen" is a high-point, certainly a straight forward composition and message about the environment. Pankow can be counted on for making quality compositions.
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