Song Review: Tyler Collins – “Second Chance”

“Second Chance” was released as the third single from Tyler Collins’ 1989 album, Girls Nite Out. It peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, although the song actually made the Top 40 on Radio & Records airplay chart.

I was 15 years old and just starting my sophomore year of high school when “Second Chance” was released. I liked the previous single, “Girls Nite Out,” so I was curious to hear what else Tyler could do. I was surprised by just how pop “Second Chance” sounded compared to “Girls Nite Out,” and I thought the lyrics for “Second Chance” were very relatable. Unfortunately, I think the fact that the song sounded so drastically different from “Girls Nite Out” (which peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100) may have hurt it. Honestly, “Second Chance” didn’t sound too out of place with the other songs being released to pop radio in late summer/early fall of 1990. But it turned out that the relatable lyrics and having a good beat that you can dance to just wasn’t enough for “Second Chance” to make much of an impact on the pop charts.

I saw the music video for “Second Chance” for the very first time right before writing this up. It switches between black and white and color footage of Tyler lip-syncing and dancing to the song. For the sound and style of the song, perhaps this kind of music video was the best. While a story video could have been made, I don’t think it would have entirely worked with how upbeat this song is.

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