If I Should Love Again

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If I Should Love Again
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1981 (original release)
1998 (re-release)
Recorded1980-1981
StudioUnited Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California
GenrePop, easy listening
Length42:42 (original release)
45:42 (re-release)
LabelArista
ProducerBarry Manilow; associate producer: Michael Delugg
Barry Manilow chronology
Barry
(1980)
If I Should Love Again
(1981)
Barry Live in Britain
(1982)

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. The album was released in 1981, and it was certified platinum, as the previous album had.

Manilow 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."[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]

Bryan Buss of Allmusic retrospectively 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" (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

1998 CD bonus track[edit]

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

Cover versions on If I Should Love Again[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 peaked at No. 2 on the Philippine charts.
  • In 2021, singer and actress Maris Racal recorded the title track for the album "Stop Missing You" under OPM Fresh: Songwriter Series No. 1 by Star Music.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981/82) Position
United States (Billboard 200) 14
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 85
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 5

Personnel[edit]

source:[4]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 191. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone list
  4. ^ Personnel at discogs
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Barry Manilow – If I Should Love Again". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Barry Manilow – If I Should Love Again". Recording Industry Association of America.