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This man simply doesn't deserve his eternal malignment
on 16 November 2003
Everyone keeps going on about Chris De Burgh as the one who had nothing else in him other than THAT song ("The Lady In Red", No1 for a month in 1986) - one very unkind letter suggested in Channel 4's music letters page The Void that Chris De Burgh were the three words that undermined the statement 'Every artist has at least one redeeming song'.
Such narrow-mindedness does not take into account that he released some excellent material prior to "The Lady In Red",(check out his earlier albums Spanish Train And Other Stories, The Getaway and Man On The Line for the proof); it seemed that for the remainder of the 1980s, however, Chris couldn't handle his new-found fame, despite hitting the Top 3 again in 1988 with "Missing You", and the standard of his albums began to deteriorate.
"Power Of Ten", released in 1992, however, changed this dramatically. The opener "Where Will We Be Going" sounds like the ballad that De Burgh's namesake Chris Rea would churn out if he took up playing the keyboard. "The Connemara Coast" and "Making The Perfect Man" maintained his earlier albums standards, while "Separate Tables" is one of the most rivetting tear-jerkers you'll ever hear.
Chris De Burgh famously commented after the new-found successs this album gave him that "There is life after The Sex Pistols". It's a pity that, unlike with the Pistols, people don't take the trouble to give Chris' music a listen before they slte him.