B-side of If Your Heart Says Yes
(Written by George Kerr and Sidney Barnes)
Pedestrian doo-wop, its finger so far off the pulse it’s actually tapping the wrong person’s wrist trying to find a vein.
It’s not spectacularly awful or anything – it’s moderately pleasant, really, all told – it’s just uninspiring and (by this stage in history) completely pointless. A street-corner doo-wop number, missing both the boat and the point, too soon to be a tribute to a dying artform and too late to catch the wave of the Tymes’ So Much In Love.
It’s not even a particularly proficient bit of doo-wop. The performances are adequate at best, sub-par at worst; the Marcels-esque interjections of Bibip-dit-dit-dit-dibby are grating; the lyrics are meandering and go nowhere, a forgettable pail of generic clichéd self-pitying boy-misses-girl slop.
For all of that, I’d emphasise again that it’s not utterly horrible – it’s less noisy than the A-side, and I’m adding a mark for the pleasing chord change towards the end – it’s just devoid of passion, wholly unnecessary, and at least five years past its sell-by date.
MOTOWN JUNKIES VERDICT
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