As excellent as Desmond Child & Rouge
's self-titled debut album was, it proved difficult to market. The 1978 LP was too rock for R&B stations, but it proved too soul-influenced and too inner city-minded for rock stations. So when the quartet recorded its second album, Runners in the Night
, in 1979, it kept the same producer (Richard Landis
) but tried something different. Toning down the R&B influences and the urban-jungle references, Desmond Child & Rouge
make this sophomore effort a more conventional pop/rock and arena rock outing. Although not as adventurous as the songs on Desmond Child & Rouge
's first album, tracks like "The Truth Comes Out," "Tumble in the Night," and "My Heart's on Fire" are enjoyable and pleasing -- and the group was still very recognizable. But even though Capitol probably thought that Runners in the Night
was more radio-friendly than its predecessor, it was ignored by radio and didn't sell. Unfortunately, both of Desmond Child & Rouge
's Capitol albums have long been out of print and are unlikely to ever be reissued on CD. So if you come across either one, grab it immediately.