Let Me Back into Your Life

Tom Chapin
Flying Fish Records

People Weekly, December 1, 1986

Let Me Back Into Your Life
Tom Chapin

To the extent that he wasn’t overshadowed by his late brother, Harry, Chapin has been largely categorized as a children’s performer by virtue of such projects as his TV series Make A Wish and his LP Cabbage Patch Dreams. As a folksinger, though, he is at least his brother’s equal. Certainly his songs are less prone to melodrama than Harry’s were, and this album shows that he knows what adult life is about, too, with such tracks as "Just a Woman," "Song for Bonnie" (Bonnie being his wife) and "Small Business Blues," an anti-import political song written by Howard Bursen. The LP also includes one of Harry’s ballads, "Remember when the Music." Chapin’s instrumental backing is spare, notably Walt Michael’s hammer dulcimer and Eric Weisberg’s (and Chapin’s own) banjo. This is ‘60s style folkie stuff, modest and intimate, which is not to be confused with something old fashioned. Hearing a quiet singer such as Chapin sing a quiet romantic song such as "Let Me Back into Your Life" is still one of the more serene pleasures of pop music. (Flying Fish)

Rolling Stone Reviews
L.A. Times Syndicate

TOM CHAPIN....has an easy, appealing way with songs about emotional connection ("Nothing But Love," "Let Me Back Into Your Life," and "Song For Bonnie"), grassroots protest ("Small Business Blues") and personal commitment ("Remember When The Music"). Goodhearted, Sixties-style folkiness is the mode here, with Chapin’s lucid vocals riding high over spare, intelligent arrangements. Records this straightforward and unassuming tend to have a hard time finding their audience, particularly when released on independent labels. But Chapin’s admirable modesty only underscores the talent and feeling evident on "LET ME BACK INTO YOUR LIFE".

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