“Rest Your Love On Me”
Written by Barry Gibb
“I am the Dreamer (You are the Dream)”
Written by Russ Allison, Dallas Cody, and David C. Hall
#1 (1 week)
May 2, 1981
Conway Twitty followed his No. 1 classic “I’d Love to Lay You Down” with the top ten “I’ve Never Seen the Likes of You.” He then launched his next album, Rest Your Love On Me, with the top five hit “A Bridge That Just Won’t Burn.” He returned to the top with a double-sided hit featuring two cuts from that album, including the title track.
“Rest Your Love On Me” was a Bee Gees original that served as the B-side of their No. 1 pop hit “Too Much Heaven.” It received a limited single release when Andy Gibb & Olivia Newton-John covered it for Gibb’s After Dark album, shortly after they performed it together on the Concert for UNICEF.
Twitty nails the chorus of “Rest Your Love On Me,” but he struggles mightily in the verses, where he sounds like he’s straining to do the signature Gibb falsetto. He needed a stronger co-producer on this track to make the transition from disco ballad to country love song work more effectively.
“I am the Dreamer (You are the Dream)” is straight ahead country in its verses, and Twitty sounds much more in his element. This time, however, it’s the chorus that derails him, which sounds like a zero calorie take on the Statler Brothers. He sings with more passion by the time he’s singing the chorus for the third and last time, and it helps him to stand out over the monotonous harmonies.
Taken together, the two records make for a surprisingly anemic double-sided hit, with both efforts being a few steps below Twitty’s usual level of excellence. Still, the record managed to kick off a string of eight consecutive No. 1 hits for Twitty, so we’ll get to hear some stronger material from him soon.
“Rest Your Love On Me” gets a C.
“I am the Dreamer (You are the Dream)” gets a B-.
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