Produced by Hank Medress and John Capek.
Dan’s comments: This was my big “comeback album.” The single “Can’t We Try?” (featuring Vonda Shepard) reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the #1 Adult Contemporary Song of the Year on Billboard’s 1987 wrap up. “Never Thought That I Could Love” hit #1 on the U.S. AC charts, while “Carmelia” hit #6.
It was my shift to writing on piano rather than guitar that enabled me to bang out hit songs again. I’d finally learned how to fuse my natural passion as a songwriter with the craft of a seasoned hit maker. Barry Mann and Michael Masser (both songwriting geniuses) gave me a world of songwriting knowledge when I worked with them in the late 70s and early 80s, and it finally rubbed off on me.
However, this was a difficult album to make, as I fought a lot with various people involved in this project. With all the producers, executive producers, arrangers, etc., involved in this record, an awful lot of differing musical opinions were bandied about. At one time or another, everyone involved in this project wanted to strangle me. Probably for good reason, as I wasn’t the easiest “artist” to deal with at the time. Fortunately, John Sheard, my close friend, and musical director on this album, played a huge role—musically and personally—in saving this record from going down the tubes. Without John Sheard’s musical stewardship and indefatigable loyalty, I would never have been able to bang three hit songs on this record and prove to the world and, more importantly, to myself, that I was more than a “one hit wonder.”
My favourite songs on this album are “Can’t We Try?” and “Never Thought.” Surprisingly for an album containing three chart smashes, the overall collection lacks songwriting consistency. I don’t believe that anything else on this album comes close to the writing quality of my two aforementioned favourite songs.