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5.0 out of 5 stars Sir Cliff - Still Strong!,
This review is from: Stronger (Audio CD)Originally released in 1989, "Stronger" once again saw Cliff teaming up with Alan Tarney to produce a follow-up to their very successful "Always Guaranteed" album in 1987.
Once again they have created an excellent, original album, full of memorable tracks which are still as fresh to listen to as when they first appeared.
The album starts with "Stronger Than That", which is a very lively beginning. This is followed by a good mix of songs in a variety of styles, all co-ordinating perfectly with each other to complete a great album with something to suit any taste and any mood. The title track ("Stronger.."); "Who's in Love?"; "Keep Me Warm" and "Better Day" are tracks which personally stand out for me for various reasons, but that does not diminish any of the others.
There are five bonus tracks which have been added to this album - two of which are particularly worthy of a special mention in my opinion: "Lindsay Jane", which is one of Cliff's own compositions and is a lovely, very evocative song. Then - and talk about saving the best till last! - comes "Marmaduke". This was originally the 'B' side of "Mistletoe & Wine", and you could not imagine a song more in contrast to its' 'A' side! A really excellent, very powerful song, which truly deserves its' place on an album at last!
All in all an excellent album. If you LIKE Cliff and don't have this album - BUY IT; you will not be disappointed! If you think you DON'T like Cliff - BUY IT; you will be very pleasantly surprised!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine Alan Tarney Production from Sir Cliff Richard,
This review is from: Stronger (Audio CD)1988 finished with Sir Cliff Richard topping both the album and singles charts and selling 1 million copies a piece with Mistletoe & Wine and Private Collection. In 1989 Cliff suprised everyone by bringing out material which was alble to take the record industry by storm. The first of this records was The Best of Me, which shows Cliff's voice to a tee. It gives you a very good love ballad pop song and shows you the level of quality you had come to expect from Cliff.
As Kylie Minogue was giving us all her Hits Factory years, Cliff was showing us just who was and is still the boss when it comes to the quality pop record. The Best of Me became Cliff's 100th single and sold well over 750,000 copies worldwide peaking at No2 in Britain.
I Just Don't Have A Heart was Cliff's first attempt at a dance song, as they were extremely common place at the end of the 1980s. It yet again took the UK charts by storm and went to No3.
The other two singles Lean on You and Stronger also reached the Top 20 too. You knew this was an album which was going places. It had that perfect edge to it and gave you a mixture of dance, pop and love ballad all on one album.
Alan Tarney did us all justice and produced his 3rd most successful produced album after Always Guaranteed(1987) and Wired For Sound (1981).
This album is a brilliant way of Cliff getting to touch with the ever changing face of British pop music and giving his fans an album which hasn't dated even after nearly 15 years.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and classy.,
This review is from: Stronger (Audio CD)"Stronger" is an inspired collection of some of the cream of 80s pop songs; its sound is perfection; its musicianship and production pure genius.
Cliff Richard, honey-sweet-voiced on this album, is the great chameleon of pop/rock music and can make contemporary hit records in any style and in any era. And it shows on this album.
The vocals are warm, smooth, flowing and very pure; Cliff's phrasing is very rounded and classy; the songs, though often beautifully mellow and intimate, almost ethereal, mostly have funky, upbeat dance-floor beats and make you want to boogey! The mixes are irresistable. Real instruments blend perfectly with the electronics. The strength of the songwriting never wavers either. They all, without being simplistic, have an irresistable catchy melodic quality. No duff tracks or fillers here.
Several of the songs are authored by producer Alan Tarney; but other writers such as Chris Eaton are very successfully brought in and the songs blend together to create a rare glowing sensuality and feel-good warmth. "Stronger Than That" is stunning; "Who's In Love" luscious; "The Best Of Me" is sparkling; "Clear Blue Skies" uplifting (and seriously groovy). "Lean On You" is delicately intimate. "Forever You Will Be Mine" carries you away. "Better Day" is soaring and quite intense. These are in no way the mushy ballads ignorant critics associate with eighties Cliff. The lyrics are loving, caring and have real depth. You will feel like you are living a beautiful dream.
The dancefloor anthem "Just Don't Have The Heart" shows the strength and versatility of Cliff and the brilliance of the songwriting trio Stock, Aitken, Waterman. A stupendous effort and a deserved big hit! Ignore the critics, SAW mightn't have sparked any revolutions, but they wrote fun songs that connected with ordinary people young and old and have now become classics.
Bonus tracks can be barrel-scrapings so if they're good, it is a bonus. The five on here though are SUPERB. "Wide Open Space" is endearingly melancholy; "Lindsay Jane" atmospheric...and watch out for the moving heavy rocker "Marmaduke". It's a real opus.
You don't need to be a Cliff fan to buy this cd. If you like contemporary groovy sounds like Will Young, Daniel Bedingfield and Kylie Minogue, you will LOVE "Stronger".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars c d,
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the selection of songs on this album and play it all the time.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Cliff's 'strongest' album!?,
For me, this could have been an album of hit singles really - particularly side one of the original vinyl LP which consists of three 'official' singles and three other songs that were just as credible. 'Who's In Love' and 'Clear Blue Skies' could really have been major hits, but really; any one of the other tracks here could have been chosen for singles I think. I'm not sure who gets to decide which material should become releases as singles from an album, but whoever it is, must surely have had a really difficult job here...
I guess it would be unreasonable for me to say that this is probably Cliff's best ever album - considering I only have the two, but I'm pretty confident that this would take some beating without a doubt!
Also includes the hit written specially for Cliff by 'Stock Aitken & Waterman' - 'Just Don't Have The Heart'
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