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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
With the Love Songs compilation having just returned Cliff Richard to the top of the U.K. chart and I'm No Hero having maintained the quality of his last couple of studio records, hopes were high for Wired for Sound, his first new LP of the 1980s. And, for the most part, the album lived up to those expectations. One might cringe a little at the lyrics to the title track -- the man's a musician; of course he likes listening to music. There really was no need to write a song about the fact. "'Cos I Love That Rock 'n' Roll" betrays a similar sense of built-in redundancy. Elsewhere, though, Wired for Sound continues driving into fresh (for Cliff Richard) territory, even as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
With the Love Songs compilation having just returned Cliff Richard to the top of the U.K. chart and I'm No Hero having maintained the quality of his last couple of studio records, hopes were high for Wired for Sound, his first new LP of the 1980s. And, for the most part, the album lived up to those expectations. One might cringe a little at the lyrics to the title track -- the man's a musician; of course he likes listening to music. There really was no need to write a song about the fact. "'Cos I Love That Rock 'n' Roll" betrays a similar sense of built-in redundancy. Elsewhere, though, Wired for Sound continues driving into fresh (for Cliff Richard) territory, even as songs like "Say You Don't Mind," "Summer Rain," and "Young Love" restate the moody balladic parameters that he always stalked. Certainly nobody could have expected him to cover a Wreckless Eric number, but "Broken Doll" (from Eric's Big Smash album) sounds great in his hands, and one can only regret that Richard never got the chance to handle "Whole Wide World" as well -- according to Wreckless, he wanted to, but only if he could change some of the lyrics. The writer rightly refused. Alan Tarney's production is sharp and, this being the early '80s, bang up to date -- an attribute that does, sadly, tend to date the album just a little today. But it's still an enjoyable outing, one signaling that Richard's creative star remained firmly in the ascendant. [This U.K. edition features two bonus tracks, the non-album B-sides "Shakin' All Over" and "Hold On."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724353311223
  • Catalog Number: 533112
  • Sales rank: 17,455

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cliff Richard Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Nick Glennie-Smith Synthesizer, Piano
Mark Griffiths Bass
Graham Jarvis Drums
Tony Rivers Vocals
Trevor Spencer Drums
Alan Tarney Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Graham Todd Keyboards
Mike Boddiker Synthesizer, Keyboards
John Clark Guitar
Technical Credits
Terry Britten Composer
Nick Glennie-Smith Engineer
Walter Hacon Composer
Ian Little Engineer
Sue Shifrin Composer
Alan Tarney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mike Boddiker Engineer
John Dent Engineer
Eric Goulden Composer
Macleod Robertson Composer
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