"My dad has all of the Peter Cetera cd's and I grew up listening to them in the car- now that I am 18 I really love this music. It has a certain nostalgia to it and reminds me of the good ole 80's and 90's (which is a nice change from current music). Every song is unique, with a different pace and feel. Peter sings great ballads but also has great energetic songs. My favorites include Daddy's girl, They don't make em like they used to, queen of the masquerade ball, and Next time I fall. Honestly I cannot think of a musician to compare Peter Cetera to because his unique voice and style put him in a category of his own."
There are only two songs worth listening to over and over ag
George Dionne | Cape Cod, MA | 01/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What's the 4-1-1? Peter Cetera joined the Chicago Transit Authority (later named Chicago) in 1967 as a bass player. He soon became one of the major songwriters and vocalist for the group, penning a majority of their hits throughout the seventies and eighties. Chicago hit a low point in the late seventies which prompted Cetera to consider a solo career. It was the video music-era that kept Chicago together (for a few more albums at least). Cetera was getting more and more exposure due to the music videos and was becoming a break out star. He released his first solo album in 1981, but stayed with Chicago in 1985. It was the following year that he released the highly successful Solitude/Solitaire.
"Big Mistake" pretty much sums up the pop-rock musical landscape at the time with its bouncing keyboard tones, melodic vocals, and powerful choruses. The guitars have that liquid sound that everyone was looking for to compliment their synths. "They Don't Make `Em Like They Used To" compares a special woman to a one-of-a-kind automobile. I can see Cetera's point here, but the sentiment seems a little corny. The addition of synthesized brass adds great texture to the track. It's more likely than not that you bought this album for "Glory of Love." Who can deny this touching and emotional ballad that was the theme for The Karate Kid: Part II? It fit the movie perfectly, and probably every wedding and prom that occurred that year.
"Daddy's Girl" has one of those keyboard and bass build-ups that lead into a driving chorus section. It was another ballad that helped catapult this album up the charts; "The Next Time I Fall." Amy Grant's (virtually unknown in the pop circle at the time) soft tones complimented Cetera's high-pitched melodic delivery perfectly. On "Solitude/Solitaire," Peter struggles with thoughts of running away from the world where he could never be found. The track is commanded by a strong synthesizer presence.
Cetera went on to release a handful of solo albums, but eventually fell off the face of the Earth. Cetera's vocal talent and musicianship certainly could not be to blame for his trip into obscurity. You can't deny the guy's good. I think it boiled down to two things; his sound had gotten old and dated, and people would rather see him back with Chicago. Cetera wouldn't even talk about the group or allow for his songs to be played during VH1's Behind the Music special on Chicago a few years ago, so I don't think there's a chance of a reunion there.
The Verdict I've always enjoyed Peter's work in Chicago, but Solitude/Solitaire is a far cry from that (except for the ballads). It's a different sound, a different feel, and not as polished as his later work with Chicago. I'm sure that's what he was going for, but I don't think it was a good choice. Although the album's nine songs are decent, they're only two songs worth listening to over and over again; "Glory of Love" and "The Next Time I Fall.""
Excellent Beginning For Cetera's Solo Career
Nathan Albright | Tampa, FL | 04/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While some people have complained about the production job for this album, I personally find Solitude/Solitaire to be an excellent album, full of '80's sound effects, insightful lyrics, and beautiful songs. Besides the two #1's, "Glory of Love" and the excellent duet with Amy Grant "The Next Time I Fall", this album is full of hidden gems that any Peter Cetera fan would enjoy greatly. "Wake Up To Love," "Big Mistake," "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To," and "Solitude/Solitaire" are excellent tracks. This is an album you can actually listen straight through without pressing the skip button on your cd player. I only have two of his other albums, so I cannot compare this with his work as a whole, but without a doubt, this album is an excellent beginning to Cetera's successful solo career."
Peter's SECOND album, intense rock/pop album with two hits!
firstname.lastname@example.org | USA | 11/13/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Includes the hits "Glory of Love" and "Next Time I Fall". Other songs include "Big Mistake", a very fast, jerky song with lots of electric guitar, it almost sounds angry, much like the title track "Solitude/Solitaire", obviously about his departure from the group Chicago. A very upbeat song, "Wake Up To Love", is also quick, and Peter's voice is very clear despite the instruments involved. Very intense album, passionate in many places. "Daddy's Girl" is quieter, and describes a little girl who will grow up and leave home, but she'll "always be daddy's girl". Very interesting collection of songs, mostly fast, features guitar, synthesizers and keyboards for that definite 'pop/rock' feel. Not at all like the group Chicago which he left the previous year, the songs take on their own meaning and have their very own life. A must for those who like special effects in their music combined with guitar!"
Best Cetera solo effort
Brad | CT | 10/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll say up front that I am a considerably bigger fan of Chicago than of any Peter Cetera solo stuff. Most anything he has released in the past 10 years or so has been a snooze-fest to me. Don't get me wrong--it is all fine and pretty music, and I understand why people like it; but for me the continual slow tempo is a bit tough to take.Nonetheless, this first release after he left Chicago truly is a very fine album. Most everyone knows the beautiful # 1 singles off of this album--"Glory Of Love" and "Next Time I Fall." 15 years later and I still enjoy hearing those songs. Also very good are such uptempo numbers as "Big Mistake" (the single released after the two aforementioned # 1's that didn't hit the top 40), the title track, "They Don't Make 'Em...", and "Queen Of...." And for sure the closing ballad track "Only Love Knows Why" (another obscure single track) is a beautiful song.All in all, this is a very fine effort that Peter unfortunately never matched again. I still would like to see him release a true greatest hits album (not some hokey collection like that "You're The Inspiration" compilation). In the meantime, this effort plus to a lesser degree "One More Story" are his solo albums that are most worth owning."