Typical Male got a ton of TV coverage. I was so surprised it did so badly because it had the push to be a big hit. It’s a weird time signature though and probably took a lot of listens to sink in.
Two People was let down by the production. Too synthetic, even though I liked the song.
What You Get probably should have been the lead single as it bridged the gap sound wise, between the two albums. Great song. Full of energy.
Break Every Rule was an underrated single. I’m not sure the single remix did it any favours. The album version was pretty on the nose, but interest in the album was spent by then.
Afterglow. Another good song. Not really a single though.
This is my favourite Tina album. All the tracks are a consistent quality and it has a nice, warm sound that reminds me very much of the time. It hangs together as a cohesive listening experience start to finish, whereas Private Dancer gets weighted down with 1984 and Help - OK tracks but there were better ones omitted The cover was very bland though for such a visual artist.
The thing that made Private Dancer so good, including all the b-sides, was the melting pot of songwriters and covers - sourced from all over the place and recorded fast. John Carter, who put it together, deserves a lot of the credit, because when you add in the b-sides like I Wrote A Letter, and outtakes such as Total Control, you practically had a grade A double album that blended organic and synthetic sounds. Break Every Rule was tailored to Tina and songs largely written for the project, relying more on synths. I think it therefore lacked the rawness and energy of Private Dancer that people were expecting. Of course Foreign Affair was a lot closer to Private Dancer than Break Every Rule, and was another mega album in the UK, getting that balance right.