Your Move (album)

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Your Move
Studio album by America
Released June 3, 1983
Recorded Abbey Road Studios, London, England, 1983
Genre Pop-rock
Label Capitol
Producer Russ Ballard
America chronology
The Last Unicorn
(1982)
Your Move
(1983)
Perspective
(1984)

Your Move is the eleventh original studio album by American folk rock duo America, released by Capitol Records on June 3, 1983.

History[edit]

In 1982, America experienced renewed commercial success with the hit album View From The Ground. Two of the tracks on that album, including the Top 10 single "You Can Do Magic," were written and produced by Russ Ballard. Desiring to maintain their commercial momentum, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell turned to Ballard once again, this time to produce their entire follow-up album.

Beckley and Bunnell began work on the new album by trading songs with Ballard. The recording sessions, however, did not end up as planned. Beckley recalls:

"We thought we were involved in the process, but [when] we got over to London, [Ballard] had cut a lot of the songs that we had nixed, and it became apparent that it was going to be a kind of 75/25 thing, where most of the songs were going to be his. So we were very removed from this album. We did our best to sing these songs as good as we could, but even on the songs we wrote, he basically played all the instruments."[1]

This time around, it was America's input with Ballard that led to a hit single. One of the songs written by Ballard, called "The Border", had potential, but Bunnell was dissatisfied with its lyrics. "Because he was very British, [Ballard] had used some cliche lyrics that, to us as Americans, sounded incongruous," Bunnell remembered. "He was trying to get a desperado-type feel but used words like Pasadena. The lyrics just didn't get the whole border thing and that Mexicali feel that he was envisioning. I asked to rewrite it, and he was receptive, so I wrote a story about running away and trying to escape something."[2]

The album included a number of Ballard-penned ballads, including "She's A Runaway," "Tonight Is For Dreamers," "Honey," and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," along with the upbeat "My Kinda Woman." "Cast The Spirit," which had originally appeared on Ballard's 1978 album At The Third Stroke, was a more hard-edged entry. Bearing lead vocals by Bunnell, it became the album's second single, but failed to make a dent in the charts.

Bunnell's sole composition for the album was the psychedelic-tinged "My Dear." The album ended with "Someday Woman," an acoustic-driven track written by Beckley, Bill Mumy, and Robert Haimer.

Your Move was first issued in the CD format in the United States by the now-defunct One Way Records in 1998.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[3]

The album was released in June 1983. "The Border", featuring Bunnell's reworked lyrics, strings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and an energetic saxophone solo by Raphael Ravenscroft, hit number 33 on the Billboard singles chart - what would turn out to be America's last Top 40 pop hit to date. The single fared far better on adult contemporary radio, peaking at number 4. This even bested "You Can Do Magic," which had peaked at number 5 on the adult contemporary charts the year before. However, lacking a major hit single, Your Move was unable to replicate the success of View From The Ground, peaking at number 81 on the Billboard album charts. With that, America's collaboration with Ballard came to an end.

Allmusic's retrospective review panned the album, asserting that it follows the trends of 1983 pop radio but fails to show any inspiration. They singled out "The Border" as the one strong piece on the album, concluding "There's a distinct lack of spark in the material, production, and performance".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "My Kinda Woman" (Russ Ballard)
  2. "She's A Runaway" (Russ Ballard)
  3. "Cast The Spirit" (Russ Ballard)
  4. "Love's Worn Out Again" (Gerry Beckley, Bill Mumy)
  5. "The Border" (Russ Ballard, Dewey Bunnell)
  6. "Your Move" (Terry Shaddick, Steve Kipner)
  7. "Honey" (Russ Ballard)
  8. "My Dear" (Dewey Bunnell)
  9. "Tonight Is For Dreamers" (Russ Ballard)
  10. "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" (Russ Ballard)
  11. "Someday Woman" (Gerry Beckley, Bill Mumy, Robert Haimer)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Highway: 30 Years Of America liner notes, pp. 59-60
  2. ^ Highway: 30 Years Of America liner notes, p. 60
  3. ^ a b Allmusic review