If We Fall in Love Tonight is a ballad album released by Rod Stewart on 1 November 1996. It includes mostly previously released songs. The album was released in both the US and UK, though the versions differ slightly. It was released by Warner Bros. Records following the release of a similar ballads album by Madonna called Something to Remember. It produced the singles "If We Fall in Love Tonight" and "When I Need You". If We Fall in Love Tonight reached #8 in the UK and #19 in the US. On 9 September 1997 it received platinum certification.
This delightful collection of creative essays combines a remarkable mix of science, psychology, personal insight, and passionate stories focused on the chemistry of lasting love. The authors explore a wealth of topics on the subject, including the difference between falling and staying in love; the nature of soul mates; how men and women express their love differently; the creation of meaning in relationships; the roles of passion and libido, and much more.
Trumpeter Chris Botti drops the synthesizers and drum loops of his previous effort, Thousand Kisses Deep, for a more elegant and traditional sound on When I Fall in Love. While Thousand Kisses Deep maximized Botti's penchant for mixing perfect pop songs with his Miles Davis-influenced jazz style, it nonetheless featured many of the electronic and processed sounds predictable on modern smooth jazz releases. By eschewing such "go to" pop-jazz production techniques as drum machines and synthesized strings in favor of the real instruments here, Botti ironically sounds utterly groundbreaking on what is ultimately a straight-ahead orchestral jazz album. While nowhere near as improvisationally adventurous as its predecessors, When I Fall in Love is still a revelation in the tradition of Sketches of Spain, Clifford Brown With Strings, and Wynton Marsalis' Hot House Flowers. Mixing standards and contemporary pop tunes all in a straight-ahead style, Botti gives his minimalist Miles-ian horn sound a chance to breath and be enjoyed on its own.