Review: Me And My Shadows

Me And My Shadows is the third Cliff Richard studio album. A fun rock n roll album that is the second record in which The Shadows are the sole backing band.

Those looking for Cliff Richard in his rock n roll heyday, this is an album for you. When you compare this record to the previous Cliff Sings from 1959, this is simply a straight up rock album in the same vein as Elvis Presley, causing some surely unwanted comparisons. There are no big orchestral ballads or crooning jazzy numbers here, the quiet moments are very much few and far between leaving everything to fit into the same relevant style of rock n roll.

The song writing is a little lacking with only six original and these songs come across a little immature. Cliff sings over the top of these numbers with his usual character, pulls off many great vocal moments with only a couple of songs lacking in his trademark style. What this album lacks in the song writing department is easily made up for with the feisty up beat arrangements from The Shadows. This superb backing band rock out with the best of them with some tasty guitar playing and a good hard hitting rhythm.

There seems to be two camps of Cliff Richard fans out there. One camp loves the camp corny balladry and pop hooks, others love the old time rock n roll numbers. Me And My Shadows is without a doubt an album for the latter and a very enjoyable one at that. Some people may find faults with it, it isn’t perfect after all, but it is a great listen and one that I would definitely recommend to listeners of this kind of music.

Rating : 8 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. I'm Gonna Get You
  2. You and I
  3. I Cannot Find a True Love
  4. Evergreen Tree
  5. She's Gone
  6. Left Out Again
  7. You're Just the One to Do It
  8. Lamp of Love
  9. Choppin' 'n' Changin'
  10. We Have It Made
  11. Tell Me
  12. Gee Whizz It's You
  13. I Love You So
  14. I'm Willing to Learn
  15. I Don't Know
  16. Working After School