What does it sound like?:
In my endless search for “New Old” I have gone for a Cliff Richard compilation. 75 songs celebrating Cliffs 75th birthday. So how the hell do you review a Cliff Richard album? You all know all the songs, you all know Cliff. Suffice to say when you look at all the songs from “Move It” through “Devil Woman” and the final return to rock ‘n; roll Cliff has made some fantastic, memorable, iconic songs. As he says himself on the sleeve notes. “I am once again reminded that I have been given so many great songs to sing and they could, so easily, have been recorded by other singers and I feel lucky that I got them first.” So what does it sound like? It sounds like Cliff of course. The 3 cd’s cover the early rock ‘n’ roll and 60’s mania on CD 1. The 70’s and 80’s image shift / TV stardom on CD 2 Then the rest carefully put on CD 3 so as to be avoided if necessary.
What does it all *mean*?
That’s where the problem lies Cliff is so popular, so well known, almost beyond any other British artist for most of us he’s just been there being Cliff. Ok he’s allowed the self parody, he plays up to the image of the archetypal “Pop Star” and he appears to want the fame, the records (Guinness World type, not 45’s) and the stardom more than we find acceptable. So what? He’s “Cliff” how mad must that be? What a life, what a phenomenon, what a body of work to leave behind. It also is clear that when all is said and done “Wired For Sound” should be The Afterword anthem it applies to each and every one of us.
Goes well with…
A sense that it’s ok to like Cliff Richard and his songs. I’ve reached a time and space in my life where someone hearing “Daddy’s Home” out of my car window is just fine with me. I don’t need to listen to music I think I should I can listen to what the fuck I like without putting myself through something awful just to try and keep up. I want to get off now
Might suit people who like…
Cliff. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pop