Classics: Terence Trent D’Arby – Let Her Down Easy (Columbia)
What A song! And as a matter of fact the missing link between George Michael and Terence Trent D’Arby. Two of the greatest talents of their time, even though the latter had a shorter period. Strange as to how, despite their differences, they have so much in common. Their outstanding voices allowing them to cover a wide spectrum. The problems they both encountered with their label, although for slightly different reasons. And this vibrant song which they both accompanied with a black and white shot video clip.
Comparisons have been flourishing back in 2014 when George Michael came with his cover version. Some saying it was better than the original or vice versa. I nevertheless guess I never subsribed to these points of view. Simply because a good song, performed by a talented performer, remains a good song. And both versions definitely managed to highlight their undeniable artistry. Terence Trent D’Arby, just like George Michael showing how he could dig deep into inner feelings.
Born Terence Trent Howard in Manhattan, NYC, multi-instrumentist and singer Terence Trent D’Arby rose to fame back in the second half of the 80’s. His debut-album – ‘Introducing The Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby’ – got him straight into the First League. It spawned gems such as ‘Wishing Well’ ‘Sign Your Name’ and ‘Dance Little Sister’.
His follow-up – ‘Neither Fish Nor Flesh’ – most likely ended up as a flop. Not only it received bad critics who considered it too pretentious. But also because of his record company’s “wholesale rejection of it” according to what TTD’A said on his site. Not to mention German producer Frank Farian who decided to release an album of his performances with Funk band The Touch (from 1984) a few weeks before ‘Neither Fish Nor Flesh’ hit the streets. An album speaking of which the artist eventually said “it literally killed TTD’A”…
Released 4 years after (in 1993), ‘Symphony Or Damn’ got TTD’A back to a more enviable status. This album featuring 4 UK Top 20 singles by the likes of ‘Do You Love Me Like You Say?’ and ‘Delicate’. These in addition to ‘She Kissed Me’ and ‘Let Her Down Easy’.
Terence Trent D’Arby delivered ‘Vibrator’ in 1995. This would be his final album for Columbia. He then most likely took his distance from the music industry, tired of what he’d seen back then as corporatism.
He eventually made a come back under a brand new identity (Sananda Matreya) in the early 2000’s.
And from then he released material either on indie labels, either on his own. He nevertheless never managed to get back to the popularity he used to have.