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Then, he was discovered. And while (initially) his lyrics at least maintained their poignancy (see "The Getaway"), his music suddenly joined the flood waves of overproduced pop. But just before that point, in 1979, he released what many to this day consider his masterpiece; the album most pointedly embodying the tradition in which, if interviews he gave at the time were to be believed, he saw himself. Supported by the better part Alan Parson's "Project" (minus Parsons himself and Eric Woolfson) - guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott and keyboardists Mike Moran and Andrew Powell, the latter of whom also served as the album's producer and conductor - he put together a collection of 12 songs in turn seducing, stirring and soothing the listener's soul. There are soft songs of love and loss like "I Had the Love in My Eyes," "Something Else Again," "It's Such a Long Way Home" and "Quiet Moments." There is the heartrending fairy tale of the "Girl With April in Her Eyes." There is De Burgh's bow to the era's "save the earth" movement, the rallying cry of "Just in Time".Read more ›
The rest of the songs on the album are good, though only "The Devil's Eye" and "The Girl With April in Her Eyes" deserve singling out as notably good.
This album absolutely blew me away. I've noted in another review that I'm a fan of medieval history and fiction, and listening to this album was very much like reading one of Sharon Kay Penman's novels, in that it transported me back to a time when "carpet" could be found on walls instead of floors.
As usual, there are beautiful ballads here; Something Else Again and Quiet Moments evoke strong romance. But the crown that sits atop this recording, and is the cause of the 5 stars, is the title song itself. Seven+ epic minutes of one of the finest stories I've ever heard put to music. True, the song tells the story of the Crusades, and we all know today that the Crusades (and Crusaders) truly had little honor, but this story/song tells it from the eyes of a Crusader, and does so beautifully. Every time I hear the musical interlude which is meant to represent the battle itself, I can feel and see the scene as if I were a participant. I've always thought it a shame that this song wasn't put to video, for if done correctly, would put even Michael Jackson's Thriller to shame.
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The ability of this artist to capture sounds that both inspire and satisfy are beyond reproach. Crusader is yet again, another example of the extraordinary skill Chris De Burgh... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Catlin
I can not think of a stronger 1-2 than "Spanish Train ..." and "Crusader".Published 16 months ago by DK
Love this album. Amazing songwriting and story-telling. Classic De Burgh. I wish he did more of this genre in the latter part of his career. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Boyer
every time I feel as if it's the end, I listen to "Carry on" and I carry on to find hope.
centuries can't change the power of this song and this album. Read more
This was on of my all time favorite albums years ago. I bought it on disk so I could load my MP3 playerPublished on March 15, 2013 by Ilse DeBord
I havve hear Girl with April in Her Eye. I like that song so I bought this ablution. Chris is telling a story by wonderful songs. I likes it.Published on September 7, 2012 by Brian from Macau
It takes a few days to arrive. But, consider the $$, it is quite worth.Published on May 7, 2009 by C. Tsai
Once, there was a troubadour whose songs told stories about Country Churchyards and houses with Satin Green Shutters, about Lonesome Cowboys, Spacemen and Strippers, and about the... Read morePublished on October 6, 2006 by Themis-Athena