The Blue Cafe by Chris Rea is possibly his best album produced in the 90's. It didn't have the success of Auberge, or God great banana skin, but reached a credible no 10 in the charts and was a welcome answer to the poor La Passione.
The opening tracks of this album are quite modern Rea. Square peg, Round hole is a rough song with agreat guitar part in reas usual style.
Miss your kiss is similar. Where do we go from here is not bad, and grows on you
The shadows of the big man is a powerful son with a great string part to it.From then on however the mood changes and we get the best songs on the album. Since i found you is a real joy after the down beat opening songs. A change of key to the major in this song and its bright lyrics make it great listening.
Then comes my favourite song on the album- Thinking of you. i don't know what it is about it but it makes me feel strange. the piano part and great instrumental break combined with the lyrics of the last verse make it a classic.
The rest of the songs, except perhaps the title track, tend to blend into one until you're familiar with the album. They are all layed back with great tunes and lyrics.
The title track is very good- and is bound to get you singing.
Definately one to buy.