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Album Review

There really isn't any grandeur or magnificence tacked on to 1988's Flying Colours album, but that doesn't mean the songs themselves aren't without some worthiness. The album's atmosphere blends mild rock tunes with slower songs that rely on their demure appeal, helped by de Burgh's conservative musical style. Much like Into the Light but without the massiveness of "Lady in Red," the songs come off as more developed and mature sounding, especially in their combination of tempos and lyrics. The adventurous "Sailing Away," complete with gusty chorus and careless melody, makes for the album's greatest asset. Its airborne feel is much like that of "Say Goodbye to It All" or "High on Emotion," only with a lighter touch. "Missing You" and "Carry Me" fall within the boundaries of familiarity since they reflect de Burgh's knack for producing soft-centered love songs. Even "Night on the River" conjures up the romantic quiet of a moonlit evening through its faint charm and ease. Without the lure of a dominant single, Flying Colours remains as one of de Burgh's more typical sounding efforts, but is tainted somewhat by a lack of novel appeal.

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De Burgh's first studio album since "The Lady In Red", the ghost of that mega-hit haunts this record, shoehorning it into a straitjacket of MOR mediocrity. The songwriting talent hasn't gone, but what might before have been strong efforts - "Carry Me", "I'm Not Scared Anymore", "The Last Time I Cried" - are buried under the monothematic, mid-tempo production. "Leather On My Shoes" and "Don't Look Back" were clearly trademark rock-anthems in De Burgh's head, but even they can't fully break free from the all-pervading torpor. It's saying something that the direly ineffectual "Missing You" is a fairly bright spot here. The later addition of 1987's one-off single "The Simple Truth" to the CD release brightened things a little, but nowhere near enough. With this album, De Burgh played directly into the hands of his critics, who effectively nailed his pigeonhole shut.

Give Chris His Due

Having read other reviews, I would just like to say that most people who write reviews are full of pretentioius waffle and haven't got anything better to do than come up with a load of big words that mean nothing! Great tunes, great music, if you like it you do, if you don't you don't.


thank you chris


Born: 15 October 1948 in Argentina

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An art rocker who occasionally writes pop-oriented material, Chris de Burgh has never been as popular in his native Britain or the United States as he was in other areas of the world. In America, he's only managed two Top 40 hits -- 1983's "Don't Pay the Ferryman" (number 34) and the number three ballad "The Lady in Red" (1986). In Britain, he's had the same number of Top 40 singles -- "The Lady in Red" was a number one hit and "Missing You" peaked at number three -- yet he's had a number of minor...
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