We continue our Glory Daze run of articles related to Patty Smyth’s solo albums, this one completes the current discography of the Scandal lead singer.
Written by: gdmonline
ARTIST: Patty Smyth
ALBUM: Patty Smyth
SERIAL: MCAD 10633
CD REISSUE: Discogs Reissue List
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
LINEUP: Patty Smyth – lead vocals * Roy Bittan – keyboards, production * Jimi Ripp, Rusty Anderson, Tim Pierce – guitars * John Pierce – bass * Kenny Aronoff – drums * Arnod McCullough, Gia Ciambotti, Kip Lennon, Robert Molnar, Sheryl Crow, Suzie Davis, Terry Young – backing vocals
TRACK LISTING: 01 No Mistakes * 02 Too Much Love * 03 Make Me A Believer * 04 Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (with Don Henley) * 05 Out There * 06 River Of Love * 07 My Town * 08 Shine * 09 One Moment To Another * 10 I Should Be Laughing
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We continue our Glory Daze run of articles related to Patty Smyth’s solo albums. This one completes the current discography of the Scandal lead singer who returned to her solo career with the release of her 2020 album ‘It’s About Time’, reviewed here by Explorer, click the tag below.
By 1992, Patty was five years removed from her excellent ‘Never Enough’ solo debut, but had moved labels from CBS to MCA. She was also living in Los Angeles at the time. It would’ve been a difficult industry to work in during this period, considering the vast changes occurring within it. But to be fair, other peer female artists including Robin Beck and Fiona also released albums in 1992, so the situation for the girls wasn’t quite at a standstill.
The album (self-titled as it were) features a wealth of top talent, as to be expected given Patty’s credentials and pulling power, with Roy Bittan running the cutter. Of course the most notable tune here is the hit ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough’, a duet with Don Henley. It can still be heard on classic rock stations to this day.
Glen Burtnick co-writes four songs with Patty, while Kevin Savigar co-writes two with her. Burtnick’s co-contributions are significant, including the aforementioned ‘Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough’, ‘River Of Love’, ‘Shine’ and the lovely ballad ‘I Should Be Laughing’, all very melodic efforts.
The opening track ‘No Mistakes’ one of Savigar’s co-contributions is a flowing affair, though things get funky on the next ‘Too Much Love’ with a rap flavoured vocal from Patty for something different. The other Savigar co-write ‘My Town’ is a tough rocker with attitude combined with more funky lines. I enjoyed the jangly ramble of ‘Out There’ so too the similar placed ‘One Moment To Another’, which reminded me of Danny Wilde‘s solo material.
A great return for sure. The remainder of the 90’s would see Patty continue being a mum to daughter Ruby, while her much-publicized hook up with former tennis ace John McEnroe in 1993 would see the couple walking down the wedding aisle in 1998.
Smyth and McEnroe’s blended family would take priority over the next few years though there were sporadic bursts of activity including the odd Scandal reunion. As we know Patty returned with her 2020 album ‘It’s About Time’ as mentioned above. An apt title indeed.
Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (with Don Henley)
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