Debbie Gibson and Joey McIntyre, “Lost In Your Eyes. The Duet” Review

I’ve been waiting for this recording since Joey McIntyre joined Debbie Gibson on stage during NKOTB’s Mixtape Tour in 2019; and when they announced they had recorded it, I had high expectations.

On the day of the release, Joey McIntyre posted on Instagram:

No words really. 
Singing this with @debbiegibson has been everything from the first date on the @nkotb #MixTapeTour. Recording this when we were still in the dark times was a lifeline for me.
Love what we created. Deb, you are good good people. See you in Vegas, baby. ?

Joey McIntyre / IG

Debbie Gibson’s “Lost In Your Eyes” is one of my all time favorite songs; it’s been in my TDK’s, burned CDs and iTunes playlists; needless to say, it still is and will remain forever. So, to have another version of it, with one of my ultimate favorite singers, Joey McIntyre, was something I couldn’t wait for.

On stage, the song sounded “big”…; Joey and Debbie even sounded like they were batteling in synchrony; but this duet, …, it simply doesn’t sound like one.

I am a BraveHeart; I can recognize Joey’s voice even when he sneezes but, this morning, when I put my headphones on to listen to this song which has just been released, I couldn’t recognize him…

And I kept listening, and waiting for his powerful voice to pop up, to make me feel, “Yeah! That’s it!” like I felt when he hit the last notes of his latest single “Own This Town,” but…, it didn’t happen.

In this new single, the music sounds louder than the voices; Debbie sounds louder than Joey; and even though Joey’s perfect pitch is there, it gets lost in the arrangement. (No pun intended)

I listened to it for a second time, thinking, “this cannot be happening; breath in, dissect every single note and feel it”… and still all I wanted to yell to Joey was, “open your mouth!! Lower a couple of keys and open your mouth!”

“Lost In Your Eyes. The Duet,” feels like a nice (very nice actually) musical arrangement of a Debbie Gibson’s song, with some guy companioning her.

Where’s Joey McIntyre in this song? In the title of the art cover.

Seriously, I am truly sorry.