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Debby Boone

  • You Light Up My Life [Warner Bros., 1977] D
  • Midstream [Warner Bros., 1978] D+

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You Light Up My Life [Warner Bros., 1977]
Who cares if the single sells six million? It's only singles, y'know? Trendsetters don't buy singles. Smart people like you and me don't buy singles. But now I read that the album has gone platinum, too. D

Midstream [Warner Bros., 1978]
Does the title mean she'd rather drown than get hit by a truck in the MOR? Or that she's changing horses midrecord from Joe Brooks (get the pun?) to Brooks (get it now?) Arthur? Arthur's side offers classy material (this year Allee Willis, maybe next Janis Ian!), while Joe's is junk almost as jingly as "You Light Up My Life." I prefer Joe's. I'd also prefer to get hit by a truck. D+