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Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris

Eagle Rock Entertainment // 2011 // 98 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // August 25th, 2013

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All Rise...

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The Charge

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The Case

Come along and "ride like the wind" (har-har) as Christopher Cross whisks you away to a land where early 1980s adult contemporary music fills the air…it's Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris! Cross collects his band of drummers, sax players, and guitar hounds to give you an evening of his classic hits!

The songs featured on this 3-disc set include…

• "All Right"
• "The Light is On"
• "Leave It To Me"
• "Everything"
• "No Time for Talk"
• "When You Come Home"
• "Minstrel Gigilo"
• "Walking in Avalon"
• "Sailing"
• "Never Be The Same"
• "Dreamers"
• "Spinning"
• "I Really Don't Know Anymore"
• "November"
• "Arthur's Theme"
• "Ride Like the Wind"
• "Say You'll Be Mine"

Good ole Christopher Cross…a musician that epitomizes late 1970s/early 1980s soft rock. If you have the time, take a moment to listen to the songs "Sailing" and "Arthur's Theme (Best that You Can Do)" (from the Dudley Moore hit Arthur) back-to-back and try to tell me that you haven't been transported thirty years into the past.

Christopher Cross burst on the scene in 1979 with his self titled debut, "Christopher Cross." The album sold like hotcakes and Cross was nominated for a total of five Grammy awards and made music history when he won all four of the General Field Grammy categories (Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist), the first and last artist to ever do so. Cross' sophomore effort, 1983's "Another Page," followed four years later and while it included a few minor hits, the album sold considerably less than his debut. By 1985 Cross' fame and hits had wained; his next two albums, "Every Turn of the World" and "Back of my Mind", failed to garner any Top 40 radio hits. Since then, Cross has released a few more albums (and a 2007 holiday CD), but none of them have cracked the charts. Cross is now—for better or for worse—considered a nostalgia act.

Nostaliga in spades is what viewers get with Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris, featuring one of Cross' concerts filmed live at the Trianon in Paris on April 2nd, 2012. Considering how popular Cross is these days (read: not very), it's no surprise that this isn't the flashiest of musical affairs. Fans get Cross wearing a fedora and a two week old beard, and the singer-songwriter jamming on a plainly lit theatre stage. No supercool light shows, no awesome pyrotechnics, no showy theatrics. Just Cross and his band churning out his hits to mildly enthusiastic fan approval.

How much you enjoy Christopher Cross: A Night in Paris will hinge on what you think of his mellow, soft rock sound. It's hard to believe there are a lot of people who want to sit down for a few hours and listen intently to Cross' gentle musical stylings; while it works perfectly well as background music as you wait in line at the bank, Cross' tunes just aren't all that thrilling or exciting. I'll admit that I hummed along to a few of his hits—"All Right," "Ride like the Wind," and "Arthur's Theme"—but this was a bland musical outing that features zero in the way of surprises or electricity. Combine that with the fact that Cross sometimes has a hard time reaching the higher notes (he's not that young anymore, folks), and this is only mildly entertaining concert (at best).

Presented in what appears to be 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image looks decent enough. The colors and black levels are solid, but this certainly isn't going to give Transformers a run for its money. The Dolby 5.1 Surround mix will give your speakers a fine workout with Cross' vocals and music coming through loud and clear. No alternate audio tracks or subtitles are included, and the only bonus feature are the two music CDs of the concert.

Christopher Cross is a talented guy, which is why it's frustrating that this concert is a bland and lifeless affair. If you're a fan, God bless ya. I just can't bring myself to sit through "Sailing" yet again because, frankly, my brain will implode.

The Verdict

Best enjoyed as background music at your parents' 45th wedding anniversary.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 53

Perp Profile

Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Video Formats:
• 2.35:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Subtitles:
• None
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Concerts and Musicals
• Performance

Distinguishing Marks

• CDs

Accomplices

• ChristopherCross.com








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