Roy Orbison - Crying

TJR says:


The big problem with producing magnificent works such as the preceding “Lonely and Blue” is that they need to be followed up. Unfortunately, “Crying” is just not in the same class. Same team, same players, but they’ve lost a certain je ne sais quoi, with an inclination towards the middle of the road being especially apparent in the uptempo “variety pop” which is prevalent on side 2. Still, that’s not to say this is a bad album, far from it, at least half of the set has strong material, and it has “Running Scared” – a grandiose finale which is worth the admission price on its’ own.

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The Pro review:

Roy Orbison’s second album was above-average considering the slight standards of the time, but was a fairly slight effort nonetheless. In its favor, the album features nearly all original material by Orbison and some of the writers who frequently tailored songs for him, such as Boudleaux and Felice Bryant and Joe Melson. The trademark early Orbison production flourishes, with swooping strings and full vocal choruses, are also present. What’s missing is truly first-rate songwriting. With the exception of "Love Hurts," the title track, and the epic hit "Running Scared," most of the cuts lean toward the Big O’s more sentimental side, and are pleasantly forgettable. Of the obscure cuts here, the best are the uptempo "Nite Life" and "Let’s Make A Memory," with its bouncing string arrangement, but neither could be classified among his best early work.

3.0 / 5
Richie Unterberger

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The complete “A-list” discography of Bo Diddley:

At The Rock House (1961) Lonely and Blue (1961) Crying (1962) In Dreams (1963) There Is Only One Roy Orbison (1965) The Orbison Way (1966) The Classic Roy Orbison (1966) Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson (1967) The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) Cry Softly Lonely One (1967) Roy Orbison’s Many Moods (1969) Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way (1970) Big O (1970) Roy Orbison Sings (1972) Memphis (1972) Milestones (1973) I’m Still In Love with You (1975) Regeneration (1977) Laminar Flow (1979) Mystery Girl (1989)