Album Cover Image Courtesy of Reprise Records
Male vulnerability never had it as good as this gentle acoustic ballad, whichshowcased two of the finest rock singers of the '70s, in another inspiredcombination. I always sang along to this song - behind closed doors, of course- imagining a duet with whatever unattainable crush I may have had at thetime. Nicks' trademark raspy, sultry delivery contrasts interestingly withHenley's smooth, high tenor, spotlighting the somewhat heavy-handed buteffective metaphor of the title in lyrics like these: "Sometimes I'm a strongman, sometimes cold and scared, and sometimes I cry." Cue the sharingcircle, boys.
Album Cover Image Courtesy of A&M Records
If you can get past the sappy lyrics and the annoying fact that the artist nameobscures the actual singers of the song, this ballad brings back the '80smemories in a gush of sticky sweetness. Sung in generic anonymity by JoePizzulo (who sounds like a poor man's James Ingram) and Leza Miller (I can'teven think of anyone she sounds like), the song manages to stand out in spiteof its unremarkability. The saving grace must be the memorable melodic rushof the verse and the payoff of the chorus, which recently earned officialimmortality through an appearance in a Geico commercial.