The Four Tops released this song as a direct follow-up to their #1 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There
" and it features a similar musical arrangement. Despite the likeness to its chart-topping predecessor, the record was still a big hit, easily reaching the Top 10 in both the UK and US. Both songs were written by the Motown songwriting team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier
and Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland), and while the instrumentation is similar, the lyrics are very different. "Reach Out" is about being there for a loved one, but "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" finds the singer heartbroken and despondent.