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Irvine, Chris - 1992 Chris Irvine

ARTIST: Irvine, Chris
ALBUM: Chris Irvine
LABEL: Cloud
SERIAL: CLOUD 380306 2
YEAR: 1992


LINEUP: Chris Irvine - vocals * Peter Yellowstone * Phil Radford

TRACK LISTING: 01 Frozen Rivers * 02 Vital Signs * 03 Never Listen To Rumours * 04 Hypnotise * 05 In Need Of An Angel * 06 Really Need To Know * 07 You've Got The Right * 08 Kicking Up Dust * 09 Can You See Me Now? * 10 Get A Grip

It's not clear who plays what on this superb piece of AOR from Chris Irvine. From what I can tell, and from some brief correspondence I had with Chris during 2003, he is from Northern Ireland, and has colloborated from Peter Yellowstone and Phil Radford, the latter who is one half of the pop duo Colorhaus. In fact, the album is published under the auspices of Red Bus Music, the same as Colorhaus 'Water To The Soul' album released the same year, for which Peter Yellowstone has contributed on many of their projects in the past. So the pairing of Radford and Yellowstone is no surprise, but where the hell did they find Chris Irvine? and who in fact is this wonderful singer? Trying to find out anything on Chris is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but the music is a superb example of AOR meeting melodic pop. Chris' voice (IMHO) has some uncanny stylings to Boulevard's David Forbes, while the music is slick and well produced, ever so catchy, and hummable.

The Songs
Some of these songs get compulsory airplay whenever possible. The opening pair of 'Frozen Rivers' and the awesome 'Vital Signs' (previously featured on our audio channel) make it immediately obvious to anyone listening just where Chris is at. You don't get much respite with 'Never Listen To Rumours', an AOR anthem if ever there was one. 'Hypnotise' with it's hi-tech tempo lifts a gear or two. Poppy and catchy .. all rolled into one. 'In Need Of An Angel' is a smooth ballad, with a powerful anthemic chorus, while 'Really Need To Know' has all the hallmarks of those pop hits from the eighties. I just love the rich chorus of 'You've the Got the Right', which could be a long lost Go West song. The melodic guitar crunch makes itself evident on the brilliant 'Kicking Up Dust', whereby Chris' vocal which is much like the aforementioned Forbes, and could be a contender on Boulevard's 'Into The Streets' opus. High praise indeed.

In Summary
While it's difficult to write up something about someone I know next to nothing about, the music itself is a testament to his quality, and this is one of the reasons this site exists, to find some more of these obscure gems. Thanks again Charlie.

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#1 | KurtmanJP on February 26 2009 22:35:17
I downloaded this album and loved it from start to finish. The songs that stood out to me the most are "Hypnotize" "Really Need To Know" and "Get A Grip". Great AOR!
#2 | Danielovich on December 22 2009 10:53:19
I think everybody agrees: "Hypnotize" is catchy as hell. If released in 1985, the song would be a #1 and had featured in a soundtrack of a teen movie!
Fantastic album indeed.
#3 | swazi on February 16 2011 14:33:41
Fantastic release indeed!

#4 | gdazegod on August 10 2013 06:24:39
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