Terrible Songs That I Like – Peter Cetera – One Good Woman

What The Song Is – A schlocky pop ballad from Peter Cetera off of his 1988 album, One More Story.  It went to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Adult Contemporary charts for a month.

Why It’s Bad – Like most Cetera ballads either solo or with Chicago, it’s terribly cheesy, drenched in too many keyboards for its own good and mostly sung in that whiny voice that he resorts to in these kind of slower pieces. It’s also a lyrical mess, here’s the first verse:

I am so in love with you
I just can’t deny it
Everybody knows I can’t deny it
Everybody knows
You can read me like a book
Just like a fortune teller
Everybody needs a fortune teller
Telling you the very truth

Apparently for lack of lyrics it needs to keep repeating words from line to line. Additionally, the bridge is way too slow, way too long, and extends the song out far longer than it needs to be.

Why I Still Like It: The chorus has one hell of a pop/rock hook. A substantial amount of credit has to be given to drummer John “J.R.” Robinson who unloads a powerful, rattling drum fill to launch out of the verse and into the chorus. Their sound is crisp, crashing, and far beyond the rest of the song’s sound. It’s literally like the drums were just taken from another song entirely and thrown in here to give the song some pep…and it really does. On a subtler note, there’s also a nice little backing guitar lick tucked away in the final line of the chorus that sprinkles a little more catchiness to it.

Final Notes: If you like Peter Cetera, you should be all over this song, if you can’t stand him like I do…listen for John Robinson. Dude deserves some credit.


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