If I Should Love Again

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If I Should Love Again
Studio album by Barry Manilow
Released September 1981 (original release)
1998 (re-release)
Recorded 1980-1981, United Western Studios
Genre Pop, easy listening
Length 42:42 (original release)
45:42 (re-release)
Label Arista
Producer Barry Manilow; associate producer: Michael Delugg
Barry Manilow chronology
If I Should Love Again
Barry Live in Britain

If I Should Love Again is the eighth studio album released by singer and songwriter Barry Manilow. The album was recorded at United Western Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. Barry refers to it as "The most romantic album that I ever made", and remarks "I was so caught up in romance that I actually wrote music and lyrics to the title song while playing the piano facing the ocean, in a rented house on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey."[citation needed] The album was released in 1981, and it scored single platinum, as the previous album had.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 1/5 stars[2]

Bryan Buss of Allmusic gave the album three stars (of a possible five), calling it "classic Barry Manilow; shamelessly well-crafted adult contemporary." He concluded his review by saying "It may not be the biggest album of his career, but If I Should Love Again showcases Manilow's greatest skill: making heartbreak sound hopeful."

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "The Old Songs" (David Pomeranz, Buddy Kaye) - 4:43
  2. "Let's Hang On" (Bob Crewe, Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer) - 3:12
  3. "If I Should Love Again" (Barry Manilow) - 5:33
  4. "Don't Fall in Love with Me" (Barry Manilow, John Bettis) - 3:39
  5. "Break Down the Door" (Barry Manilow, Bob Gaudio, Enoch Anderson) - 3:04

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Somewhere Down the Road" (Michael Masser, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow) - 4:00
  2. "No Other Love" (Barry Manilow, Adrienne Anderson) - 4:36
  3. "Fools Get Lucky" (Barry Manilow, John Bettis) - 4:11
  4. "I Haven't Changed the Room" (Barry Manilow) - 2:16
  5. "Let's Take All Night (to Say Goodbye)" (Barry Manilow, John Bettis) - 3:36

CD Bonus Track[edit]

  1. "You're Runnin' Too Hard" (Barry Manilow, Marty Panzer) - 3:00

Cover versions[edit]

In 2007, Filipino pop/R&B singer Nina recorded the title track for the re-release of her self-titled album and released as the album's second single. It didn't reach number one, but peaked at No. 2 in Philippine charts.