Dan Hartman’s restless artistry took yet another twist with 1981’s It Hurts To Be In Love, which plays as a tribute to classic Brill Building songwriting sensibilities while doubling as a concept album on unrequited love. A revival of Gene Pitney’s 1964 hit “It Hurts To Be In Love” sets the scene, before the album alternates lovelorn ballads with more upbeat and quirkier tracks, each filled with sumptuous melodies and Hartman’s emotionally expressive vocals and lyrics. Hartman even reassures his disco fans that he hasn’t forgotten them on “I Still Remember.”
“This music is closer to me because it has more romantic sensitivity than I’ve allowed myself to show in past productions. I’m really pouring it all out,” Hartman commented at the time of It Hurts To Be In Love’s release. “I guess you could say there’s more Dan Hartman in there than any other record I’ve done.”
For its worldwide CD debut, It Hurts To Be In Love has been expanded with two album outtakes, both of which originally appeared on a rare publishing sampler in 1981.