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Christopher Cross’ explosive success at the turn of the ‘80s with his landmark hit, “Sailing” and self-titled debut album has actually worked against the man. He was such an omnipresent figure in music with his soothing ballads that critics turned against him. However, his talent remains and Doctor Faith is a nicely and carefully crafted album with songs just as emotionally true and striking as his early work. His smooth, soulful vocals dominate. “When You Come Home” is an airily arranged piece with easeful acoustic guitars and mild synths providing the perfect backdrop for Cross’ romantic vocals. The album continues on this trajectory. “Dreamers” floats above the clouds. “November” has a somber shade to it, reflecting the passing of time, which is even better observed in “I’m Too Old for This,” where Cross watches what society has become. The title track adds an extra bump to its step. “Poor Man’s Ecstasy” cranks up the amps, CC-style. Cross excels at an adult-contemporary sound that is perfect for fans of New Age and soft rock.

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Christopher Cross Returns with DOCTOR FAITH

Christopher Cross's career arc reminds me a bit of Peter Frampton's as they both had iconic, multi-million selling albums containing hit songs that still get regular radio airplay to this day. In the years following those explosive albums, both artists' cooled off from the white hot glare of the spotlight within the changing musical landscape. Christopher & Peter have both continued to tour and release new music over the years while staying dedicated to their artistry & craft. And after all this time, Frampton even won his first Grammy for an instrumental album he put out in 2006.
Christopher Cross has also stayed busy since the Grammy filled heyday of "Sailing" & "Ride Like The Wind" releasing 7 additional albums along with a greatest hits collection, a Christmas album and 2008's exquisite "Café Carlyle Sessions" featuring tasteful, scaled down jazz arrangements of his work throughout the years. That brings us to his newest full album of original material in 12 years titled DOCTOR FAITH. The immediate observation is that Christopher isn't trying to come off like he's still 29. There's a wisdom and social consciousness within tracks like "Hey Kid"(featuring Eric Johnson on lead guitar) and "I'm Too Old For This" that shines a sorely needed light on how our culture accepts the previously unacceptable. While this subject matter isn't usually what's expected on a Christopher Cross album, he and co-writer Rob Meurer execute this slippery slope with a fearless grace and truth. The track "When You Come Home" returns listeners to more familiar, romantic waters with the gorgeous strings and plaintive melody of a man looking for redemption and a second chance in his relationship. "November" is a delicate, bittersweet ballad about a couple coming to an end. The uptempo "Leave It To Me" with its tip of the hat to the Chicago horn section tells the story of a poorly treated woman's male "pal" lending his support and possibly more. The song "Doctor Faith" re-teams Christopher Cross and Michael McDonald on a track about the struggles of therapy and the search for inner peace as life is not always "sailing" seamlessly. Other strong songs on the album include the amorous "Rescue", the quiet struggle of "Still I Resist" and the simple eloquence of "Prayin'". All songs were composed by Cross and his writing partner Rob Meurer.
Almost 32 years after he first hit the scene, Christopher's amazing voice has not aged a day and still expresses melodic imagery with a clean resonance and unblemished tone. Cross's lead guitar work is the only element that leaves me pining for more on this album. Other musicians contributing masterfully are Dave Beyer on drums, Mark Browne on bass, David Mann on soprano sax & John Thomas on piano. The lustrous strings and horns are arranged by Chris Walden and conducted by Walden & Jules Chakin. DOCTOR FAITH was produced by Christopher Cross.
Listeners rediscovering Cross from 30 years ago will notice differences in the tone, subject and feel of this album. If they try to listen with "fresh ears" and without nostalgic expectations, they'll be treated to the work of a true artist in his stride.

Scott Gross
Inside Musicast.com

A great CD

If I have one complaint about this CD it's that I didn't pick up on Chrostopher Crosses music sooner. This is an amazing cd and I highly recommend it to everyone.

"It's raining morons...and I'm too old for this"

I have been able to listen to the first 3 tracks of the new album and I can already say with full confidence: BUY THIS ALBUM! Christopher's voice is in fine form and his hooks are a force to be reckoned with. "Hey Kid" sounds like it was written for me (a younger, aspiring musician) and it is delightful to hear fresh material. "I'm Too Old For This" is a message song, angry and powerfully driven by Chris' almost spoken voice and guitar. Track #3, "When You Come Home" is vintage radio-ready Christopher flavored with orchestral arrangements that remind me of "Swept Away". Stay tuned...

Biography

Born: May 3, 1951 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Pop

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

Christopher Cross was far and away the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including the chart-topping "Sailing"; seemingly as quickly as he shot to fame, however, his star descended, although he continued recording and touring for years to come. Born Christopher Geppert in San Antonio, TX on May 3, 1951, Cross first surfaced in the Austin-based cover band Flash before signing a solo contract with Warner Bros. in the...
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