Originally Posted by aleuzzi
Yes, I’m well aware of all of this, having tracked Christine’s career and the media attention she’s received throughout the years. I stick by my assessment, though: the 1984 album may have begun as a collaboration between two close friends wth musical compatibility, but the label wanted a hit, BIG hit. Many of the songs on the record feel like they are attempts to exploit 80s pop trends instead of letting the album emerge more organically. You may not feel so, but I definitely consider much of the album (minus the three songs I mentioned earlier) a calculation that never fully paid off.
One influence I think Todd had over Christine's music was how country sounding many of the songs were. Songs like Love will show us how, I'm so excited, and I'm the one are very country music sounding IMHO.