Following on from Peter Senior’s last single Cool Ride, which attracted a lot of music media attention, comes Baby I Love You. This latest release is less tongue in cheek than that first single but retains the same sense of fun and amiability.
It’s in keeping with the flavour of Peter Senior’s album On The Edge which is also a hybrid of pop, soul, rock and seventies era AOR musical styles. There are traces of musical theatre in there too, most evident in the jazz-orientated overtones, some of the songs’ chord progressions, the brass and the ballads which are dramatic yet sedulously executed.Baby I Love You fits somewhere in between this melting pot of genres.
Lyrically, it’s clear what we’re getting and this serves its purpose and matches the buoyant mood of the song. But what is most notable about this record is the bold and unconstrained way in which Peter Senior has unashamedly borrowed from the past yet infused these characteristics with his self-assertive spirit. The influences are evident, think The Four Seasons and Motown meet early Billy Joel or Harry Connick, Jr.
The song is Tin Pan Alley for the contemporary romantic. It’s bolstered by a production that utilises all the requisite bells and whistles needed for an expansive band sound: the rolling rumble of the rhythm section, the ancillary brass parts, the harmonic density of the backing vocals, they’re all here and uniformly benefiting the song, the arrangement and Peter Senior’s smooth but ardent vocal.
The charm of the descending chord progression of the verses is its repetition, which sets you up for a surprise pattern change, after which the band stabs shift into the stomping feel of the chorus’ refrain.
The post-chorus hook will no doubt seep into your ears and become lodged inside your brain upon first hearing, and that’s part of the beauty of this song; sneakily infectious, yet overtly openhearted.