Chicago (Chicago 18)

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The Album

Chicago (Chicago 18) marks another significant chapter in the storied career of the band Chicago. Released on September 29, 1986, this album represents a transitional period for the band, as it was the first to be released without founding member and guitarist Terry Kath, who tragically passed away in 1978. Despite the absence of Kath, “Chicago 18” continues to showcase the band’s musical prowess, delivering a mix of pop, rock, and soulful ballads that resonate with their signature sound.

The album’s cover art features a colorful illustration of a jigsaw puzzle piece, representing the album’s theme of unity and collaboration. The artwork symbolizes the band’s efforts to come together and continue creating music that both honors their legacy and embraces new musical directions Commercial Success: “Chicago 18” was a commercial triumph, achieving platinum status and reaching number 35 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s success continued Chicago’s streak of delivering hit albums to their dedicated fan base. Hit Singles: The album produced several successful singles, including “Will You Still Love Me?” and “If She Would Have Been Faithful.” These tracks showcased Chicago’s ability to create pop hits while maintaining its distinctive musical identity. Grammy Nomination: “Will You Still Love Me?” earned Chicago a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, further validating their continued relevance and artistry.

“Chicago 18” opens with the poignant ballad “Niagara Falls,” setting a reflective and emotional tone for the album. The song’s heartfelt lyrics, combined with Jason Scheff’s powerful vocals, pay tribute to the band’s enduring spirit and ability to persevere through challenges.

One of the standout moments on the album is “Will You Still Love Me?,” a timeless ballad that epitomizes Chicago’s knack for delivering heartfelt and emotionally resonant performances. The track’s introspective lyrics and soul-stirring vocals make it an enduring classic in the band’s repertoire.

“Chicago 18” also features the upbeat and infectious “It’s Alright,” which showcases the band’s ability to craft catchy pop-rock tunes while maintaining their signature horn arrangements and musical complexity. The song’s uplifting message and vibrant energy make it a standout track on the album.

Conclusion

Throughout “Chicago 18,” the band’s dedication to musical excellence remains evident, with expertly crafted arrangements and tight harmonies. The album strikes a delicate balance between the band’s classic sound and contemporary production styles, demonstrating their willingness to evolve and adapt to the changing music landscape.

In conclusion, “Chicago 18” is a testament to the band’s resilience and enduring talent. While it may have marked a transitional period for Chicago, the album successfully captures their musical essence and showcases their ability to deliver hit songs with heartfelt performances. From soulful ballads to catchy pop-rock tracks, “Chicago 18” offers a diverse and enjoyable listening experience. While some critics may argue that it lacks the same groundbreaking impact as some of their earlier works, the album remains a solid addition to Chicago’s impressive discography and continues to resonate with fans for its emotive storytelling and musical artistry.

Track Listing

  1. Niagara Falls
  2. Forever
  3. If She Would Have Been Faithful
  4. 25 or 6 to 4
  5. Will You Still Love Me?
  6. Over And Over
  7. It’s Alright
  8. Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now
  9. I Believe
  10. One More Day

Will You Still Love Me?

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Lyrics

Take me as I am put your hand in mine now and forever
Darling here I stand, stand before you now deep inside I always knew
It was you, you and me, two hearts drawn together bound by destiny
It was you and you for me, every road leads to your door
Every step I take forever more

Just say you’ll love me for the rest of your life
I gotta lot of love and I don’t want to let go
Will you still love me for the rest of my life?
‘Cause I can’t go on, no I can’t go on
I can’t go on if I’m on my own

Take me as I am, put your heart in mine, stay with me forever
‘Cause I am just a man who never understood, I never had a thing to prove
There was you you and me then it all came clear so suddenly
How close to you that I wanna be

Just say you’ll love me for the rest of your life
I gotta lot of love and I don’t want to let go
Will you still love me for the rest of my life?
‘Cause I can’t go on, no I can’t go on
I can’t go on if I’m on my own

Do you believe a love could run so stong?
Do you believe a love could pass you by?
There was no special one for me
I was the lonely one, you see
But then my heart lost all control
Now you’re all that I know

Just say you’ll love me for the rest of your life
I gotta lot of love and I don’t want to let go
Will you still love me for the rest of my life?
‘Cause I can’t go on, no I can’t go on

‘Cause I can’t go on, no I can’t go on
I can’t go on without somebody I could call my own
‘Cause I can’t go on, no I can’t go on
I can’t go on

‘Cause I can’t go on, no, I can’t go on

Reference

Chicago 18 – Wikipedia