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What About Me

Kenny Rogers

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If Eyes That See in the Dark represented a high watermark for Kenny Rogers, getting everything about a pop crossover right, its 1984 sequel, What About Me?, pretty much gets everything wrong. First of all, losing the writing talents of the Brothers Gibb is a major blow, since they not only gave Kenny indelible singles with "Islands in the Stream" and "Buried Treasure," they gave him a strong, consistent set of songs. This, released just a year later, is a return to singles 'n' filler, which is not unheard of in either country-pop or in Rogers' catalog, and sometimes it can even make for an enjoyable listen, provided that the singles are strong enough and that the overall sound of the record is appealing. Neither is the case here. The singles are not memorable -- the closest is the title track, featuring not just Kim Carnes but James Ingram in a song that doesn't quite make sense as a duet, let alone a trio -- and the production, which abandons any pretense at country, is too calculatingly adult contemporary; instead of having a nice, soothing, synth-heavy feel like Eyes That See in the Dark, this sounds cold and clean, typifying the worst in mid-'80s adult contemporary. And make no mistake, this is not a country album at all -- it may have charted on the country charts, but that was due to career momentum, because this is an adult contemporary album, and a bad one at that. It's a depressing comedown after the splendid Eyes That See in the Dark.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
What About Me?
00:04:22

Kim Carnes, FeaturedArtist - DAVID FOSTER, Composer, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - James Ingram, FeaturedArtist - Richard Marx, Composer - Kenny Rogers, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

2
The Night Goes On
00:04:33

Paul Gordon, Composer - Kenny Rogers, MainArtist - Tom Keene, Composer

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

3
Dream Dancin'
00:04:24

Kenny Rogers, MainArtist - Laura Allan, Composer - Robbie Long, Composer

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

4
Two Hearts, One Love
00:03:35

Byron Hill, Composer - Mike Dekle, Composer - Kenny Rogers, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

5
I Don't Want to Know Why (with Cindy Fee)
00:04:04

Cindy Fee, FeaturedArtist - Kenny Rogers, MainArtist - Guy Thomas, Composer

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

6
Didn't We?
00:03:53

Troy Seals, Composer - Kenny Rogers, MainArtist - Graham Lyle, Composer

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

7
Somebody Took My Love
00:03:51

David Pomeranz, Composer - Richard Marx, Composer - Kenny Rogers, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

8
Crazy
00:03:43

DAVID FOSTER, Producer - Richard Marx, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Rogers, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records LLC

9
The Stranger
00:03:45

Kenny Rogers, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

10
Heart to Heart
00:03:40

Richard Feldman, Composer - Kenny Rogers, MainArtist - Jimmy John Scott, Composer

(C) 2012 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1984 Capitol Records Nashville

Album Description

If Eyes That See in the Dark represented a high watermark for Kenny Rogers, getting everything about a pop crossover right, its 1984 sequel, What About Me?, pretty much gets everything wrong. First of all, losing the writing talents of the Brothers Gibb is a major blow, since they not only gave Kenny indelible singles with "Islands in the Stream" and "Buried Treasure," they gave him a strong, consistent set of songs. This, released just a year later, is a return to singles 'n' filler, which is not unheard of in either country-pop or in Rogers' catalog, and sometimes it can even make for an enjoyable listen, provided that the singles are strong enough and that the overall sound of the record is appealing. Neither is the case here. The singles are not memorable -- the closest is the title track, featuring not just Kim Carnes but James Ingram in a song that doesn't quite make sense as a duet, let alone a trio -- and the production, which abandons any pretense at country, is too calculatingly adult contemporary; instead of having a nice, soothing, synth-heavy feel like Eyes That See in the Dark, this sounds cold and clean, typifying the worst in mid-'80s adult contemporary. And make no mistake, this is not a country album at all -- it may have charted on the country charts, but that was due to career momentum, because this is an adult contemporary album, and a bad one at that. It's a depressing comedown after the splendid Eyes That See in the Dark.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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