World Falling Down
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 10, 1992
RecordedJune 1991−March 1992
StudioThe Townhouse (London, UK); Comforts Place (Surrey, UK); Ocean Studios (Burbank, CA); Sun Valley Audio and That Studio, (Hollywood, CA); Westlake Studios, Ocean Way Recording, Lion Share Recording and Ground Control Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
GenreRock
Length44:58
LabelWarner Bros
ProducerAndy Hill, Peter Cetera, David Foster
Peter Cetera chronology
One More Story
(1988)
World Falling Down
(1992)
One Clear Voice
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]

World Falling Down is the fourth solo album for music artist Peter Cetera, released in July 1992, and his third album since leaving the group Chicago.

The making of World Falling Down

Released four years after his previous album, One More Story, World Falling Down was recorded sporadically over a lengthy period across nine different recording studios.[2] Cetera's marriage to second wife, Diane Nini had ended, causing the once busy songwriter to step away from the music scene. Between 1988 and 1992, his only musical activities were an appearance as a guest vocalist on Cher's 1989 single, "After All", a song on the soundtrack to the movie Chances Are, "No Explanation" for the soundtrack to the movie Pretty Woman, and a vocal contribution to David Foster's "Voices That Care" production, based on music that he and Cetera had written together years earlier. Deeply depressed, Cetera found himself using the album as an outlet to deal with his marriage ending and learning to be a single parent. Recording began in London England and occurred in short, spread out bursts as Cetera worked through the personal issues in his life.[2]

In 1992, he explained to Billboard Magazine, "This was actually the first time I could write about the other side of love. I'd try to write a happy love song and I just couldn't do it. Then I got mad and so everything was about hating the world. I finally settled on the truth."[2]

The album was predominantly produced by Andy Hill and Cetera. Two tracks were produced by veteran producer David Foster who had worked with Cetera previously on Chicago 16 and Chicago 17 during his days as bassist and vocalist for Chicago. Former Chicago alumni Bill Champlin sings background vocals on the song "Wild Ways" and singer Chaka Khan stepped in to perform a duet on the song "Feels Like Heaven" after original partner Laurie Morgan was unable to perform the song in its intended key.[3] Unlike Cetera's previous three solo efforts, Cetera co-wrote only four songs on World Falling Down. The album also marked a brief return to bass playing as Cetera himself played the bass lines on "Dip Your Wings" and "Where There's No Tomorrow".

Commercial Reception

Released in the summer of 1992, World Falling Down was a commercial disappointment. Dance, rap and alternative rock songs had begun dominating top forty radio, resulting in a decline in pop music that had been popular only a few years earlier. Many of Cetera's contemporaries, including his former band-mates in Chicago, found their singles struggling to get airplay and generate album sales.

Warner released three singles, "Restless Heart", "Feels Like Heaven" and "Even a Fool Can See". Only "Restless Heart" made the top 40, peaking at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, though it topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at No. 1 for two weeks. "Feels Like Heaven" hit No. 71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 5 on the Billboard AC chart. The third single, "Even a Fool Can See" performed slightly better, reaching No. 68 on the Billboard Top 100 and No. 3 on the Billboard AC Chart the next summer.[4]

As with his previous solo efforts, Cetera declined to go on tour feeling that he didn't have enough solo material. The singer performed live on The Tonight Show[5] and The Arsenio Hall Show to promote the album.[6][7] In addition, Warner produced music videos for the first two singles, with Cetera's daughter Claire appearing in the music video for "Restless Heart". The final track, "Have You Ever Been In Love?" was not released as a single, but gained popularity when used by professional skaters in their routines. Cetera often closes live concerts with the popular album cut.

World Falling Down reached a peak of No. 163 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart during a brief stay.[8] Following its commercial disappointment, Cetera left Warner Brothers and signed to the independent record label, River North Records.[9][3]

In 2010, a Heineken light beer commercial, "Lady Music", featured the album cover and the song "Restless Heart".[10][11]

Track listing

  1. "Restless Heart" (Peter Cetera, Andy Hill) – 4:09
  2. "Even a Fool Can See" (Cetera, Mark Goldenberg) – 4:31
  3. "Feels Like Heaven" (Goldenberg, Kit Hain) – 4:48
  4. "Wild Ways" (David Tyson, Christopher Ward) – 4:00
  5. "World Falling Down" (Cetera, Hill) – 5:00
  6. "Man in Me" (Joseph Williams, Paul Gordon) – 5:41
  7. "Where There's No Tomorrow" (Cetera, Hill, Jimmy Cregan) – 4:43
  8. "The Last Place God Made" (Richard Kerr, Gary Osborne) – 4:14
  9. "Dip Your Wings" (Bernie Taupin, Paul Fox, Franne Golde) – 3:33
  10. "Have You Ever Been in Love" (Hill, Peter Sinfield, John Danter) – 4:06

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References

  1. ^ World Falling Down at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c Newman, Melinda (August 15, 1992). "Peter Cetera Tries Different Approach: Broaches New Subjects, Attitude on Reflective Set". Billboard. 104 (33). p. 13. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Roland, Tom (May 8, 1994). "Peter Cetera pops in for taste of Music City". The Tennessean. p. 6 (Showcase section). Retrieved November 30, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.Free to read
  4. ^ The Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits. Hyatt, Wesley. January 1999. pp 380
  5. ^ "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Episode Guide: Season 1, Episode 138". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on March 15, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Arsenio Hall Show - Season 5, Episode 95: February 12, 1993". TV.com. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Arsenio Hall Show - Season 5, Episode 106: March 2, 1993". TV.com. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "Peter Cetera Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  9. ^ Rothschild, David (October 29, 1993). "River North Records Lands Peter Cetera". Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  10. ^ Corr, Amy (June 30, 2010). "Chicken. Beer. World Cup. That about covers it. Let's launch!". Out to Launch. MediaPost Communications. Archived from the original on December 9, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  11. ^ "Heineken Light | Lady Music (HD)". YouTube. Archived from the original on May 27, 2016. Retrieved 2013-03-16.