Mars Velvet | Green Tree, Blue Earth...Deep Space | 09/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Prisoner" begins the album with a superhummable tune, strings, a heavily processed sound that sounds like axe god guitar, and the superstitious belief that photos trap the mortal soul. "Everlasting Love" has piano sweetened grown up love that lasts. "Powerhouse" has Howard going all house music on us! Electro chorus, sweeping synth and a bunch of sexy come ons "you must have been thru college...got a lovin' degree"... Great!!"Last Supper" is the one ballad...the touching song that is a cornerstone on his albums. This is a sad song about the end of a relationship...a couple having their last meal together. So sad how can I go on listening to this album....hmmm what's next?"Cross That Line" is funky! Sparkly! Sweetly sweaty and just fun!"Out of Thin Air" is a beautiful piano solo instrumental. Very impressionistic and evocative of new age beauties like the seasonal epics of George Winston. Just really pretty as it sets up the mood for the rest of the CD."Guardians of the Breath" has a great sound effect: ultra sonic recorded samples of body sounds like blood rushing, teeth tapping, breathing and hair stroking (which sounds like a forest being blown away). The song is about how man takes from the earth and wonders what happens when there is no earth left to take? Deeply issue oriented and heartfelt."Fresh Air Waltz" warms up with synthstrings and a 1-2-3-1-2-3 melody. "Fresh air is just what you need"."Wanders to You" is so different from what Howard has done before. Longing for human contact, musing about vices, the fantasies the mind creates when it gets lonely. "There you are with your golden brown skin....the salt of a marguritta lingers on your lips". But fantasies become reality "there you are with your London gray skin...the cream from a guiness lingers on your lips..". Musicwise the song features a lot of acoustic sounds, brass, bass and drums with a bit of synth. Very good!!!"Those Who Move Clouds" Howard has a habit of ending his albums on a downer. Ussually he wants you think about the subject matter. In this song Howard sings about the powerful people who run the world holding all our fates...the sound grows with Russian shortwave samples murmering. As the sounds builds to its crest it is drowned by a baby's laughter. OK I got the heartcreeps! I do love this because it is so thought provoking!There you go,that's the whole CD! Give it a listen....might make you think!"
Some Strong Moments
Eric Dapkewicz | Los Angeles, CA USA | 11/04/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Much like HoJo's other works (with the exception of "Dream Into Action"), "Cross That Line" is an album with a handful of great songs, and others that fall flat. The album starts off incredibly strong with "The Prisoner" and "Everlasting Love". Two of HoJo's best songs, but radically different. "Last Supper" is a tragic song that keeps you on the edge of tears (well... if you've been in that kind of a situation I guess). And "Fresh Air Waltz" is a positive track which has an infectious melody. "Those Who Move Clouds" is a decent closer, but the rest of the album I tend to skip."
Eric Dapkewicz | 08/06/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Out of Thin Air" is the most beautiful song I've ever encountered! "Powerhouse" rocks! "Those Who Move Clouds" sends chills down my spine! "Last Supper" is a great song. I love this album! It's in my top 5 of all time!"
A satisfying piece of work
sauerkraut | 11/12/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Cross That Line--released in 1989--is Howard Jones' fourth full-length album. It is comprised of ten compositions. The material is in a pop musical direction. All in all, I think that the songwriting is worthy, the musicianship is tight, and the sound quality is crisp. Some of the songs contain brass instrumentation and female background vocals. Also, the album sports only minimal guitar playing. Jones does well with the singing. An instrumental is supplied, "Out of Thin Air," along with two epics--"Guardians of the Breath" and the airy "Those Who Move Clouds." The melancholic, atmospheric "Guardians of the Breath" exhibits attractive bass guitar playing and industrious vocals from Jones. My favorite tracks are "The Prisoner," "Last Supper," and "Out of Thin Air." "The Prisoner" is a lively tune that displays an engaging, smeary-sounding keyboard melody, nice singing from Jones, and smooth harmony vocals. "Last Supper" is a pleasing ballad with poignant vocals from Jones on the refrain. The pretty "Out of Thin Air" consists solely of piano work from Jones. Other enjoyable pieces are "Everlasting Love" and "Powerhouse." The spirited "Everlasting Love" has a charming intro and a catchy, unforgettable chorus, while "Powerhouse" is a fun, perky cut that features female backing vocals that are interesting and velvety. As for the CD booklet, it includes the song lyrics and four photos of Jones; also, one of these photos is on the back of the CD jewel case. The disc is just over 48 minutes. Cross That Line is a good piece of work."
Has A Few Moments
sauerkraut | 08/08/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is an album from Howard Jones that I can't say I much get into. It's obvious it's quite different than his past offerings. Overall though, most of this album is just too mellow and uninteresting. The production and the musicianship are good, but the songs just aren't very captivating. Exceptions are "Prisoner" and "Out of Thin Air." "Powerhouse" is also pretty upbeat and fun to listen to. Cross that Line is my least favorite album from Howard Jones, but it isn't completely bad though."