I bought this album in 1988 on vinyl when it first came out. At the time, I was disappointed. This was because I was into his more up-tempo stuff, and his previous two albums exploited the rockier, in fact rockiest, side of his talent. I now rate it as being one of his finest albums. Nothing as good as this followed until much later, for example in parts of 'Quiet Revolution'(1999. Musically, it's very mature and signals a return to the slower, romantic style of his albums of the late 70s, notably 'Crusader' (1979). The opening track, 'Sailing Away' is one of his better known compositions, featured on later compilations. The saxophone playout is lovely. One of his most memorable tracks and a very pleasant five minutes. 'Carry me(---)', the second track,is gorgeous. This is a song which Chris wrote to a friend who was bereaved, I believe. Other highlights include 'Leather On My Shoes', 'I'm Not Scared Anymore'and the up tempo 'Don't Look Back'. This song is true vintage Chris De Burgh. It harks right back to classics such as 'Don't Pay The Ferryman', 'The Traveller' and even 'Waiting For the Hurricane' . The two closing tracks are great. 'The Risen Lord' returns once more to one of Chris'favourite themes: a traveller who is in need of shelter. The orchestrations and gentle piano make this one a favourite. It leads into the final track: 'The Last Time I Cried'. This is a real epic, and I can't think of another song by Chris that is comparable. Read the words, listen, and read the words again. The CD version of this album includes 'The Simple Truth (---)' which was not on the original vinyl, but was released as a single. Chris' song for his son Hubie, 'Just A Word Away' , is not the strongest track musically, but I must admit that his songs for his children have meant more to me since I became a father. I do recommend this album, especially to CdeB fans and to anyone who wants a chill-out.
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