In Allen’s music, love is a tricky, evanescent bill of goods. Here today, gone tomorrow—sometimes gone tonight, in fact.
Making Every Moment Count is classic Peter Allen for all the good and bad that statement suggests. There is sincerity, there is endless energy, there is no particular melodic freshness.
Even the best numbers—notably, “Why Not?” “Tonight You Made My Day” and the charming “When I Get My Name in Lights,” a jaunty duet with Harry Connick Jr.—bear traces of other Allen songs.
“Tonight” echoes “You’ll Always Get Your Way.” “Lights,” with its ’20s sound and its lyrics such as “We’ll be known for our charm/ Yeah, sparkling wit/ Even Clara Bow/ Will admit/ We’ve got it” recalls “Everything Old Is New Again.”(Not such a bad thing, come to think of it.)
The rest of the songs, including an undistinguished duet with Melissa Manchester, are at best forgettable, saddled as they are with this kind of lyric: “No one has come between myself, me and I/ Lately I think I should give it a try” or “I couldn’t have done it without you/ And I want you to know/ My whole world/ Is about you.” (RCA)