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Album Review

Something that always seems to draw the ire of rock fans is when a veteran artist decides to suddenly change his sound to fit with current trends in hopes of winning over a new set of fans. This certainly isn't the case with Chris de Burgh's 2004 release, The Road to Freedom. Continuing with the same stately and pristine sounds that resulted in a flirtation with the U.S. Top 40 during the mid-'80s ("The Lady in Red," etc.), Freedom could have easily been released in 1984 rather than 2004. As a result, the focus remains the same — stark arrangements, de Burgh's Peter Gabriel-esque vocals, new age-ish lyrics, etc. The string-heavy "Snow Is Falling" may sound a bit too much like a tender Broadway ballad for fans of "Don't Pay the Ferryman"; likewise the more sonically understated "Songbird." De Burgh does pick up the pace elsewhere (e.g., "What You Mean to Me" and "Read My Name"), but it all tends to sound the same from both a musical and emotional standpoint.

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Excellent album! This was the first album on Chris's own label and he has made a masterpiece. The only song on this album which was a bit floppy was Rose of England. Other than that, it is a very peaceful enjoyable album to listen to.

Biography

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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