Silent Letter (album)
|Studio album by America|
|Released||June 15, 1979|
|Recorded||March - April 1979, AIR Studios, Montserrat|
|Genre||Pop, rock, disco|
|Singles from Silent Letters|
It was also their first studio album since their debut to have a title beginning with a letter other than "H". The title itself acknowledges the missing "H" by its wry reference to silent letters in the English language.
The album contains fast-paced disco songs, piano power-ballads, often sung by Gerry Beckley, and steady speed pop-rock songs.
In his Allmusic retrospective review, music critic Steven Thomas Erlewine noted the band's transition from "folky California soft rock" to adult contemporary. He wrote of the album: "The end result may be flawed, but in an enjoyable way. And compared to the records that preceded it and some of albums that followed it, Silent Letter certainly seems like a latter-day highlight for America."
The album was not a commercial success, reaching only number 110 on the Billboard album chart. However, it did produce three minor hit singles. "Only Game in Town" bubbled under the Hot 100 chart, peaking at # 107. "All My Life" and "All Around" narrowly missed the Top 40 on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at # 48 & 45 respectively. The former was a big hit in Asia.
|1.||"Only Game in Town"||Lewis Anderson, Julie Didier, Casey Kelly||4:12|
|2.||"All Around"||Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell||3:21|
|3.||"Tall Treasures"||Beckley, Bunnell||3:15|
|6.||"Foolin'"||Beckley, Ricky Fataar||2:53|
|9.||"All My Life"||Beckley||3:02|
|11.||"High in the City"||Beckley, Bunnell||3:02|
- Gerry Beckley – vocals, guitars, keyboards
- Dewey Bunnell – vocals, guitars
- Mike Woods – lead guitar
- Tom Walsh – percussion
- Willie Leacox – drums
- David Dickey – bass
- Jim Calire – keyboards, sax solo
|1979||"Only Game in Town"||US||107|
|"All My Life"||US AC||48|
|1980||"All Around"||US AC||45|