WHAT IS the attraction of
Chris Rea a fellow in his early
30s who glories in having the visual
aplomb of a sack of potatoes.
pondered this question sitting amid a
crack squad of hard core Chris Rea fans
who offered merely mild and polite
applause during the sluggish first hour
of the two hour show. Then they erupted
into something close to Rea mania as the
emotional tempo of the set raced to a
blistering walking pace with 'Josephine'
and 'Stainsby Girls'.
like about Chris Rea is his lack of
pretension and, to a lesser extent, his
pigtail. What isn't to my taste is the
general trad rock trappings and ambience.
Lots of dinky little solos and the ritual
introducing of the band.
one of things to reassure about Chris Rea
is his stubborn refusal to move in any
direction not of his own choosing. Either
to be blatantly commercial (who'd ever
have imagined that 'Stainsby Girls' had
sufficient wrumph to be a hit?) or
to dabble in any modish style.
his music is strangely earthy and non
elitist. He communicates something to
someone and this ability, I conclude, is
the mysterious attraction.