“Like Nothing Ever Happened”
Written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
January 7 – January 14, 1983
The fresh production and playful vocal of “Nobody” was enough to power Sylvia to a gold-selling single and album, as well as an ACM trophy for Top Female Vocalist. That record also created enough momentum to push its tepid follow up to the top of one of the country charts for multiple weeks.
After the bumper crop of innovative records that preceded “Like Nothing Ever Happened” at No. 1, Sylvia’s third chart topper sounds like a relic. It’s essentially a rewrite of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner’s “Just Someone I Used to Know,” with Sylvia running into an old flame and his new partner, and the old flame failing to acknowledge his history with Sylvia.
Sylvia takes a similar vocal approach to the material that she did with “Nobody,” but it’s really not what the lyric calls for. There are a few flickers of genuine emotion toward the end, but by then the record is over and we’ve been witnessing what might be the least interesting sidewalk conversation ever immortalized in a country song. There are no emotional stakes here. It’s got all the intensity and character development of an early eighties television commercial. The only thing memorable is the riff that is blatantly ripped off from the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons classic, “Dawn (Go Away).”
We won’t see Sylvia again until 1985. Between now and then, her third album produced the top five hits “Snapshot” and “I Never Quite Got Back (From Loving You),” while her fourth album failed to produce a top twenty hit. She’ll resurface with a new producer and an updated sound when we catch up with her a little further down the road.
“Like Nothing Ever Happened” gets a C.
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