Cliff Richard

Carrie

Song Review by

Songwriters Terry Britten and BA Robertson's "Carrie" is one of the most electrifying of all Cliff Richard's recordings. Cut for his U.S. We Don't Talk Anymore album (the British Rock'n'Roll Juvenile), it's a deliberately sinister and enthrallingly atmospheric number, revolving around the search for a mysteriously missing friend ("Carrie had a date with her own kind of fate"), further strengthened by Martin Dobson's haunting saxophone, Peter Skellern's eerie mellotron, and a growling Richard vocal which doesn't simply live the lyric, it lives in it.

In other hands, such lines as "you're just another message on a payphone wall" and "the young wear their freedom like cheap perfume" could sound trite. Richard imbibes them with both pertinence and importance, while the emotion in his voice colors even the title.

His first single of 1980, released that February, "Carrie" took Richard to number four in the U.K. and number 34 in the U.S.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rock'n'Roll Juvenile 1979 EMI Music Distribution 3:43
We Don't Talk Anymore 1979 EMI Music Distribution 3:42
Love Songs 1981 EMI 3:42
The Cliff Richard Collection (1976-1994) 1994 Razor & Tie 3:41
Cliff Richard 40th Anniversary, Vol. 4: 1971-83 1998 EMI Music Distribution 3:44
40th Anniversary Complete 1999 EMI Music Distribution 3:44
The Singles Collection 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:45
30 Years of Hits 2003 Blue Powder / Powder Blue 3:39
The Whole Story: His Greatest Hits 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:45