“Release Me” was released as the second single from their 1990 self-titled album. The single was released in June 1990, and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
I was 15 years old and finishing up the ninth grade when this single was released. I really liked the previous single, “Hold On,” and I fell in love with this song the very first time I heard it. Their three-part harmonies worked so well on this song, and I thought the lyrics were very relatable. I also really liked the musical arrangement for “Release Me” as well. It’s a song that’s held up really well over the past 25 years, and I still like it just as much today as I did when I first heard it as a teenager.
The music video was shot in black and white, which I think really works for the mood and feel of the song. I also think that the use of dissolves in this video was very effective and worked for the type of song this is. The video primarily features the three members of the group lip-syncing, but there are occasional shots that show a “story” for each of them. The director made a lot of good choices for this video, and didn’t fall into the trap of making it look dated. Honestly, if I didn’t know it was shot and released in 1990, I would have a hard pinning down when this video was made. The music video has held up well over the years, and it looks just as good now as it did 25 years ago.