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Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including--for the first time ever--the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single "Sailing"), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for "Sailing"), and Best New Artist.

Now, 30+ years after his extraordinary emergence into the music business, Cross continues his recording and performing career with a new album, Secret Ladder, that evokes the artistry of such great singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman while addressing contemporary concerns head-on - a combination which is sure to please his loyal fan base.

There are other hard-hitting songs on Secret Ladder, most notably "Got To Be a Better Way," which rails against a man "seething in his world of carbohydrates and TV" while lacking any empathy for his fellow man, and "Island of Anger." "We look back at our lives and see the idealism when we were kids," Cross reflects, "and then look at the way things are now and see how so many are disillusioned and almost immobilized with outrage."

Yet Cross remains a spiritual, if not religious, artist, and the Secret Ladder album title manifests this. The conceptual album cover art, by photographer/graphic designer Sandrine Lee, expressly suggests a Magritte painting in its depiction of human figures climbing the fretboard of an upright acoustic guitar surrounded by a blue sky filled with clouds, at the same time invoking Joni Mitchell's lyric in "For the Roses"--"And pour your simple sorrow / To the sound hole and your knee."

Cross' own children influenced the instructive "Wonderland," a dreamy, lyrical take on reality which is enlivened by Johnson's rock guitar play. "It's a general thesis on where things are, a way of looking at life," says Cross, "and how we're wishful for our kids and their future. At the same time, it's hard not to be frustrated and cynical."

"Take Me As I Am" is a unique offering from Christopher Cross, a hybrid of sorts - the songs are instrumentals with choruses to create the lyrical landscape. This is not quite a "guitar" album, but it leaves the listener with no question about his expertise on the subject. Two very special songs are "Roberta," dedicated to Christopher's mentor, Joni Mitchell, and "Truth" with a lyric by Rob Meurer, one of the last songs Rob wrote before his tragic passing. This song is sung as a duet with Gigi Worth, a name that will be familiar to Christopher's fans. Gigi and Rob were also very close, which makes her performance on this track all the more meaningful. The album closes with a song in memory of Rob called "Alvah," (Rob's middle name), which features beautiful string arrangements by Chris Walden. In Christopher's words, "It was a blessing to work with all these talented folks in the making of this album which holds so many bittersweet emotions for me. I didn't expect to make another one, but, as Rob reminded me once, it's what we do."

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