Friday, May 10, 2013

"Never Be the Same" by Christopher Cross

Song#:  0366
Date:  10/11/1980
Debut:  75
Peak:  15
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Cross had just recently hit #1 with "Sailing," the second single from his self-titled debut album. This third single couldn't quite get into the Top 10, but it did become Cross' first AC #1.

ReduxReview:  The mumbler is back! Yeah I know I pick on Cross' diction when there are plenty of other songs that can't be understood at all. But what makes him stand out is that he is singing these hit, AC-lite, Grammy award winning songs where lyrics should really be clearly heard and understood. In this song, it is just one little line, but unfortunately it is in the chorus - so you hear it over and over again. After Cross sings "And I will never be the same without you here," he says something that sounds like French to me.  Kinda like "allez vous lon." What is that? Ends up that the line is "I'll live alone." In the context of the lyrics, the line makes sense. The way he sings it? Not even close. But it is still a solid AC song from Mr. Mumbles.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  As previously mentioned, Cross' self-titled debut album won the Grammy for Album of the Year. What infinitely more famous album did it beat out to win the award? Pink Floyd's "The Wall." The AC upstart also infamously beat out hit albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Billy Joel.


1 comment:

  1. Chart Run: 75 - 55 - 40 - 31 - 24 - 18 - 16 - 15 - 15 - 15 - 31 - 31 - 31 - 36 - 50 - 57 - 69 - 92 - 99