"The Lady in Red" demonstrates Chris de Burgh's deft touch with cloying melodies and heartfelt lyrics (on this occasion for his wife), the song resulting in a hit for him that had women swooning every time it appeared on the radio during its heyday. It's calculated, passionate and moving.
And I hope I never have to hear the damn thing again.
It did however help Into the Light
become de Burgh's most successful album, and there is a lot of good more uptempo pop to be found here, along with additional lyrics of romance, as well as war (the last three linking tracks focus on the Biblical apocalypse), while "For Rosanna" is a gentle ode to his young daughter.
There are some flying tunes with the likes of "Fire on the Water", "The Ballroom of Romance", and "Say Goodbye to It All", although there is an air of repetition that appears at times, particularly if one notes that "The Spirit of Man" and "One Word (Straight to the Heart)", which are both fine songs in their own right, have choruses similar enough to suggest de Burgh might have by this stage been struggling a bit to keep things fresh.
However, this is an enjoyable album overall, even if de Burgh's warbling vocals remains a bit sharp at times, so it continues his run of impressive 80s music. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor