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Chris Rea - give that man a diamond.
on 17 September 2002
I have been a fan of Chris Rea for many years, ever since my son bought me a vinyl copy of 'Tennis'. I became hooked and I have bought very nearly everything Chris Rea has recorded. Not so long ago I was beginning to think that he had lost his special spark of originality. 'Tuned out' I thought.
This week I bought 'Dancing Down the Stoney Road' for my son's birthday, and I couldn't resist playing it myself before I sent it on.
This is a very different Chris Rea. The wonderful gravelly voice and incredible skill with the guitar are still there, but this time, it all comes from his heart. This isn't background music, it grips, it shakes, it moves. The lyrics are important, you must listen to them, they tell you where he is coming from, where he has been. It's a mixture of Delta Blues, Gospel and the inimitable Chris Rea.
I can't tell you which is my favourite track, I shall have to listen to these cd's again and again, and my favourite pieces will no doubt change with my mood. At the moment the slow 'Give that Girl a Diamond' is making me want to cry, it is a beautiful song and it is haunting me, but tomorrow it may well be a more up-beat track. There is no help for it, I shall have to order another copy of this glorious cd for myself.
Thanks for many years of music Mr. Rea, may you have many more.