Single Review: UB40 – ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’
UB40 are one of those bands – you know the ones – the ones that, no matter your nationality, age or cultural heritage, you just simply know the songs. Their brand of reggae-pop has seen them achieve international success and recognition whilst having sold over 70 million albums in their 30 year career. Not bad going, eh?
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain is taken from their forthcoming eighteenth album, Getting Over The Storm, which is due for release on 2nd September. The song itself is everything that listeners have come to expect from the band, which originated from Birmingham in the UK, circa 1978. It is a chilled out affair which – like all reggae music – brings to mind the romanticised heat of summer days, and lyrically the song talks of the nostalgia of a long lost love, which compliments the serene sound.
But UB40 isn’t just quite the same without original lead singer, Ali Campbell, is it? For whilst his brother, current vocalist Duncan Campbell, may be the best impersonator for the job, the sparkle that garnished their classic songs such as Red Red Wine, Kingston Town and Can’t Help Falling In Love is absent from Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain. Despite that factor, it is only marginally wounding, as once again UB40 have delivered a strong reggae song that shows why they are such enduring ambassadors for the genre.