Back in 1985, my friend Wendy lent me this cassette by Chris DeBurgh, an album she knew nothing about when she bought it except that she liked the cover, but it was such a good album, she was lending it out to all her friends. Skeptical as I was, (I knew the song "Don't Pay The Ferryman", but had no idea who Chris DeBurgh was), I popped it into my tape deck and proceeded to be pleasantly surprised...
Serendipity had brought this beautiful, romantic, provocative album into my tape collection. I really enjoy the fact that these songs, for the most part, very well hold their own listened to individually, while at the same time fit together as a whole album very nicely. The songs are very well written, especially the romantic ones, which I suppose is a specialty of Chris DeBurgh (i.e., "Lady In Red"). In that vein, "All The Love I Have Inside" and "I'm Counting On You" are really pretty songs. The song "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" and the mini-song suite consisting of "Revolution", "Light A Fire" and "Liberty" beautifully evoke the poignancy of peaceful people being forced through oppression to military solution for freedom's sake. These songs are the heart of the album and part of what makes it so good...Oh, and there's the hit "Don't Pay The Ferryman" which is probably all most people remember from this album...It is a very good song, but not, by far, the best on the album. "Ship To Shore" is a really good song too.
I suppose the one drawback for this album is the fact that a couple of songs just do not do it for me personally - they are just rather ordinary...not necessarily bad songs, just unexciting...These are "Living On The Island" and "Crying and Laughing".
But otherwise, this is a really good album, one which at the same time takes you places and provokes thought. Almost every song is beautifully written and sung...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!