The Blue Nile: C or D?

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The Scottish Talk Talk, or pretty pop for Christians who find Low too weird?

Colin Meeder, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

At least three great singles, albums full of filler, and the most shocking mid-performance weeping I've ever heard.

Colin Meeder, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I bought "A Walk Across the Rooftops" when it came out, and I've played it and enjoyed it many times. I never thought to buy the follow-up, "Hats", until a couple months ago. This must stand as the all-time longest I've waited to buy another record by any artist; what, 18 years? This is no reflection on the quality of "A Walk", however, it's really quite good. "Hats" is similar, but a bit more ingratiating, a bit more pop. I still haven't heard the third one, it's got an awful album cover. Still, I do recommend the first. The Talk Talk comparison isn't entirely out of line, but they write catchier melodies, and didn't get as experimental.

Sean, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

'A Walk Across the Rooftops' is one of the most perfectly realised debut records I can think of - twinkling, lush, melancholy and cinematic (some dream collaboration between Bill Forsyth and Leo Carax). The title song in particular suggested a pop that could be 'adult' but effervescent. 'Easter Parade', a sketch of a song that Sinatra might have appreciated, was on every compilation tape I made for ten years. Wonderful.

'Hats' consolidated the debut, practically down to the track listing, but suffered from having Phil Collins' recommendation stickered to the front. 'Saturday night' was an epic transfiguration of the commonplace, a pop Les Parapluis du Cherbourg, and the kind of song Brett Anderson would like to write in his Scott Walker moments if a) he had clue and b) a few thousand years in which to try.

The last lp - Peace at last? - is very disappointing. The cinemascope sheen was replaced with acoustic guitars, the singing had all gone a bit Michael Bolton, and yes the sleeve was terrible. Maybe this is what happens when you go out with Rosanna Arquette. It seemed to bear out all those who'd had them pegged as some MOR monstrosity, a Dire Straits in waiting. A couple of songs - 'Family Life', 'Tomorrow Morning' - might be worth downloading, but the rest of it is a bit bleh.

Edna Welthorpe, Mrs, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I actually like that third album, but then again I don't really rate the first two albums on such a purely evocative/epic level as y'all are doing. They are pretty damn good, though, it's just that my sympathies would still come down with Talk Talk in the end. ;-)

My favorite performance by Mr. Wossname who is the singer is actually his turn on the version of "Let's Go Out Tonight" -- I think that's the song -- on Craig Armstrong's first album.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

As I've said before, my aunt used to date Paul Joseph Moore. But I know little of the band. We used to have all these free Blue Nile cassettes laying around the house, but as I was young I had little interest in listening.

Melissa W, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Talk Talk comparison is interesting. I can sort of see the connection, maybe in the softer moments of The Colour Of Spring, but in most ways they are totally distinct except for their basic mood. I think this comparison must be the result of trying to find one for The Blue Nile and failing to come up with anything that would actually recommend purchase - they really are like an oasis in a desert of MOR-eighties pop.

Recommendations... A Walk Across The Rooftops has "Tinseltown In The Rain" which is one of my favourite love songs ever, but Hats is the better album, with about five perfect songs on it. Amazing how similar they are though, despite the six-year gap (there's your big difference to Talk Talk - these guys stumbled upon a vision of perfection early on and stuck with it).

Tim, Thursday, 17 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

excellent - the talk talk comparison is spot on - i loved 'a walk' more than 'hats'. The Linn drums and that bass were a big influence. They epitomize that '80s pristine quality - the 'clean lines' i'm always banging on about.

, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Clasic. The song's are almost uncoverable as the lyrics are so unaffected that in anyone else they would sound gauche. Do I love you. YES, I love you

Edna's summary is bang OTM. Let's go out tonight is just desperately affecting, you know this relationship is doomed with just the clutter and routine holding it together.

I don't know about stumbling on perfection, I believe they scrapped 3 years of work before starting on Hats properly. Anyway they stumbled out of perfection on the lasr album.

Ned, the Craig Armstrong album is fab also for having one of Liz Frazers few decent performances in the 90's. Liz Frazer working with the Blue Nile now that's an idea...

Billy Dods, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

What Edna and Billy said. I love Hats. Never bothered with the last album.

Dr. C, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Billy - the 'stumbling' part refers to the beginning of their career. I get the feeling that Hats took so long because it was so hard to exactly replicate A Walk... and at the same time improve on it. (in this case second album syndrome = not "same but different" but "same but better").

Tim, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

the blue nile? isnt that a river in egypt? what that got to do with music. i saw michael palin go down it on pole to pole on at chrismas so maybe you should start i love michael palin thread. but i wouldnt be interested because michael palin a ponce.

XStatic Peace, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

first album is all about the first flush of youth/love/innocence/awe/wonder/etc. eg - 'i am in loooove, i am in loooove with you, ...i walk across the rooftops...' etc etc.

the second is all concerned with the death of love/getting older/etc. eg - 'i'm tired of crying on the staiiiirs...'

it's kind of a godfather/godfather part 2 deal. and all they're bestheard back to back

piscesboy, Friday, 18 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The Blue Line is just such an underrated band. I find their "Hats" al bum is one of the best pop records of all time - and also a godfather for the sound of pioneer "post-rock" bands like Disco Inferno and, very specially, Bark Psychosis: angst-ridden vocals hanging on a spacious soundscape with electronica drumbeats and ambient samples. Definitely, The Blue Nile are A+.

Juan M., Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't realise Pet Shop Boys were post-rock.

(okay truthfully I can see the connection at least with Bark Psychosis, but it always seemed to me that The Blue Nile represented the "other half" of BP's source material). Hats multiplied by Spirit Of Eden = Hex.

Tim, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Boring annoying bullshit. "Hats" is absolutely unlistenable. Especially the singer's voice let's me run up the walls. I guess a kick in the ass would do him well. This does not even qualify for wallpaper music. The only band which is as embarrassing is Sigur Ros.

alex in mainhattan, Monday, 21 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

there was a program on tv the other night that had a drum&bass version of Tinseltown in the Rain as the theme. Such a great band, so many bad ideas. Walk Across the Rooftops is fantastic though.

hamish, Wednesday, 23 January 2002 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Simply the most amazing music ever made.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 00:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


The third album really is worth the effort, what puts me off listening to it though is all the Christian stuff. Ultimately it is a back-to-the-roots acoustic album with very conservative lyrics all about home, family and church, but contains some moments of raw ecstacy, ie;Tomorrow Morning, Sentimental Man and Soon. As for Michael Bolton, the very first time I listened to 'Over the Hillside' I thought I'd picked up a Richard Marx album by mistake, but despite their MOR tendencies they have produced some really transcendent music.

Gatinha (rwillmsen), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 01:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Particularly their two 80s albums.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 11:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

MOLLUSCS ARE HEROES

one) You won’t like them. A Walk Across The Rooftops contains slap bass, trite lyrics on the debris of relationships, pans from (yawn) Coppola’s One From the Heart into (yawn) Paris, Texas, sung by Springsteen impersonating Sinatra. Hats has two white reggae tracks, gated snares, repeated use of the word ‘baby’, yes, is ‘lush’, ‘cinematic’ and MOR. Annie Lennox and Rod Stewart have covered their songs. Phil Collins endorses them.

two) I don’t like American Music Club, John Cale, Talking Heads, Rickie Lee Jones or The Cars either.

three) Men in American books tend to wear hats.

four) Katy (my girlfriend) was in a philosophy class and, as the hush of young students began to stifle and choke, the teacher, by way of gesture, mentioned the best class he ever had occurred when Paul Buchanan, ‘you probably haven’t heard of him’, suggested they talk about love.

five) No-one has registered the scientific unproveability of ‘love’ in song more heart-rendingly than Paul Buchanan: singing “how do I know you feel it?”, just moments from loss, or the frustrated ‘I can only tell you’ of “do I love you? YES I love you!”

six) What do you say when three years into a relationship the only things holding you together is the fear of breaking the ties you’ve built in the outside world as a unit? When an offer of tea is the only lull in the silence? “Let’s go out tonight”, one last time, meet up with the ghost of your happiness, it can be the same again, you will dance, for one night, oh to bed the same different woman every night, and leave the relationship strafed with cigarette burns and headaches in, alone.

seven) Such compassionate pop. During Hats, the band’s lives were fragmenting and none of them felt they had any support around them, it would have been so easy to become insular and dismissive of others in such a situation.

eight) Below a peat sky, her hair is scraped through with coral orange and tickles of grey, and a smell of moist pollen sewn into the webs of her fingers. Scotland’s inability to say Carl strains a last laugh out from her, smoke knuckles through our hair, as the aftertaste of other men places her lips and her eyes’ slow moulder.

nine) You will like them. A Walk Across the Rooftops is a deeply emotional water, Buchanan a child lost in the weave of a Frank O’Hara poem. Hats refuses Don Paterson’s cycnicism of romance and insists on the transcendental of the ordinary and of the journey, the pressure difference.

!) I think romanticism suggests this sense of wilfully not having it all, leaving that one bit back, the whole, the mysterious ‘last’ that can never be reached, romanticism is the journey to try and attain that that you’re purposefully denying yourself. I have never listened to their third record, I most probably never will.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 15:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nice one, Coz!

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 15:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

By the way: one of the things that justifies file-sharing for all time is that I was finally able to get hold of a copy of their first (?) ever song 'I love this life'. And it's turned out to be my favourite song of theirs.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 15:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Cozen! Yes!

Dr. C (Dr. C), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 15:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Cozen that was just lovely, thank you.

Sean (Sean), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 15:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

nice one. it reminds me of pinefox's post on the joyce thread.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 16:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Haha, Julio, that's where I nicked my structure, but I guess it was alright cos I think he nicked the turn from the X Y Zedd post on the 'What if Punk Never Happened?' thread).

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 18:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think Daniel Bedingfield is as close as modern pop gets to The Blue Nile. I get the feeling that he's a stubborn perfectionist too, answering only to his standards, steeped in integrity and honesty. Imagine if he took 5 years to write and record his follow up. It'd be amazing.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 18:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

''Imagine if he took 5 years to write and record his follow up. It'd be amazing.''

or it could be a disaster too i suppose.

''(Haha, Julio, that's where I nicked my structure, but I guess it was alright cos I think he nicked the turn from the X Y Zedd post on the 'What if Punk Never Happened?' thread).''

I just thought i had seen something like that. but yr post is triffic in its own way.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 18:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(Aw shucks, thanks you guys! Actually, I realised today that every thing I've ever written has, in some way, been to make someone fall in love with me or notice me and that post was specifically written to make Dr C notice me (and to make him happy, too) after I'd written my little heart into All of My Heart last week without him popping up; it was also written as an accompinament (god, spelling) to a Blue Nile 'best of...' I'm making up for a friend.)

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 25 March 2003 18:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"I think Daniel Bedingfield is as close as modern pop gets to The Blue Nile."

Yes! "If You're Not The One" works in exactly the same way as the peerless "Tinseltown In The Rain" ie. a "generic" love song rendered strange and fascinating by the force and peculiarity of its emotional over-investment.

Although Cozen you should really check out that there new Coloma album which is almost self-consciously an update of The Blue Nile for the post-glitch generation. As with The Blue Nile it's svelte literary studio-pop that feels like all the sound-politics have been surgically removed (eg. this is click-pop only because, well, why not if it sounds good? cf. Schneider TM's "The Light 3000") so I imagine that in a decade or so it'll have that same lovely timeless-datedness as TBN's first two albums have. It's very much like A Walk Across The Rooftops in particular. Much better than their first album.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Wednesday, 26 March 2003 03:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

did you realise that daniel bedingfield is a born again christian?

RJG (RJG), Thursday, 27 March 2003 00:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

He was born somewhere really (relatively) 'weird', like Hawaii or something. I can't remember, I'll look it out.

Cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 27 March 2003 00:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

he has a high speaking voice.

I saw him on 'today with des & mel'.

RJG (RJG), Thursday, 27 March 2003 00:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yesterday I bought Rooftops for a dollar! :-)

Keith McD (Keith McD), Thursday, 27 March 2003 04:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've jotted down some more thoughts on The Blue Nile and Coloma at Skykicking.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 04:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Think you meant Skykicking.

hamish (hamish), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 04:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Just listened to A Walk Across the Rooftops today for the first time in a long while. Really sounds distinctly uneighties in the end, doesn't it. The Talk Talk comparisons now finally do make sense.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 04:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Record Review of the Year, Tim. Just beautiful. Better than my Morgenstern one (did you my last e-mail?) by a good country mile, and there was me really happy with it and you show everyone how it's really done. Rat bastard. ;)

I figured out why I like Daniel Bedingfield earlier. Or one aspect. I remembered something Frank Kogan said to me about how he really liked the way that I wasn't scared to be overwrought when the usual rock-crit approach is to come across all Ed Casual (hehe, what's Frank's e-mail address again?). I suppose I see a lot of myself in Daniel. All thing considered, a juxtaposition of poets might be in order:

Everywhere he saw his own image, -
his perfect face...

When he rode out of the city, the people
gathered to admire him: a ribbon
of faces, fixed on this one face
and haunted by its indifference. They said:
'as beautiful as a painting', and we
feel a chill cast across these years
for we know there is another painting
that does not hang in any gallery

- John Ash

I like you so much I'm acting stupid
I can't play the game I'm all intense and alive
I'm losing control of my heart
I'm not supposed to be this nervous
I should play my hand all cool and calm
I can't breathe
I'm losing control of my heart

- Daniel Bedingfield

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 16:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Finney I mean Finery is indeed EXCELLENT.

Andy K (Andy K), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 17:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Sadly, I probably won't be able to get it here in Glasgow. And I'm internet-shopping averse. If I get it, I'll make a copy and give it to Paul Buchanan, I see him quite often, coming out of the local Safeways.

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 17:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

("I can't breathe"!!!)

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 8 April 2003 17:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was thinking about why "Peace at Last" never appealed to me, and I reckon it's because it cuts the (admittedly tenuous) connection with disco. I love every single moment of "Tinseltown In The Rain", but the point where it really blows me away is the final string-riff loops where the disco beat suddenly gets more pronounced, and the whole song takes on this aura of bittersweet triumph. I could well imagine the song being the inspiration for Luomo's "The Present Lover". Actually Luomo could do a lot with a remix of The Blue Nile.

I was trying to think of more music from the eighties that fits into this area of explicitly emotional quasi-dance pop, but I couldn't get far beyond The Hounds of Love. Any ideas?

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 10 April 2003 00:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have Hats, and that's definitely a Classic.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Thursday, 10 April 2003 01:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

was trying to think of more music from the eighties that fits into this area of explicitly emotional quasi-dance pop, but I couldn't get far beyond The Hounds of Love. Any ideas?

Associates surely fit this description.

But Tim is OTM regarding Tinseltown being a lost dance classic, I certainly remember hearing it in clubs in Dundee in the mid-80's. Apparently they had some of their work from Hats remixed by Oakenfold (or some other name remixer), but they nixed it on hearing it. Now that I'd like to hear.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Thursday, 10 April 2003 07:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

My other half was Paul's telephone answering service[flatmate]all through the writing and release of the first record.He says there was definately a whole bunch of up and happy songs right after rooftops.I met Paul once and he can do charm.Happy Easter everybody.

jean bowman, Sunday, 20 April 2003 09:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Happy Easter Jean.

Where did the up and happy songs go, then? Left to rot as demos?

Cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 20 April 2003 10:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Ta for the greetings. Re demos there must be millyens of them . If you see Paul ask him. I hear that Heatwave had five minutes of birds and boats before the music and even that was cut down from a long session outdoors. Regards to the West End, it must be great this time of year.

jean bowman, Sunday, 20 April 2003 19:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It is, it's lovely.

I don't think I'd have the bare-faced gall to actually talk to the man though.

It feels a bit criminal to actually listen to the Blue Nile at this time of year though, like I'm going to shatter the mood.

Cozen (Cozen), Sunday, 20 April 2003 19:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Interesting thread.

1. The only track I know is 'I Love This Life', which the Nipper gave me. The Nipper is right about it.

2. Cozen's big post above is indeed good, and indeed structurally resembles one of mine. But no, I didn't take my own structure from anyone else.

3. Whether or not the Bedingfield link is apt, I don't think 'emotional overinvolvement' etc is necessarily the key to 'If You're Not The One': what woke me up to that track was simply the rare quality of its tune.

the pinefox, Monday, 21 April 2003 09:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I listened to Hats and it seemed cool but I've never really gotten down with that type of nu-romantic vocal style eh.

The Reverend, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 23:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Hate

ewar woowar (or something), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 23:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Look at it as a word

ewar woowar (or something), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 23:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Really Turrican? We're usually on the same page, what makes you dud them? First two albums uber classic for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Really Turrican? We're usually on the same page, what makes you dud them? First two albums uber classic for me.

― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:02 AM (39 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I think an album like Hats is produced impeccably well and I appreciate the care and attention that's been put into their music, but the material itself doesn't particularly grab me in the same way as, say, Prefab Sprout's Steve McQueen, Talk Talk's The Colour of Spring, Tears For Fears' The Seeds Of Love, David Sylvian's solo work etc. It's always felt like "background music" for me, and I haven't found much in their music that helped me get past that to the point where it engages me, really.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:00 (two years ago) Permalink

The fact that you rate the first two albums highly does make me have another try at getting into them, since (as you say) we're usually on the same page and like a lot of the same stuff, and there are aspects to their sound that I like in other artists. It's just every time I've tried with The Blue Nile, my reaction has been pretty much the same: at first a feeling of "oh, this sounds well-produced" and then just as quickly I realise I've tuned out from it and it hasn't manged to keep my attention.

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:12 (two years ago) Permalink

I just can't take seriously people who don't love this band.

Tim F, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:21 (two years ago) Permalink

Hateable? are you for real?

― ewar woowar (or something), Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:43 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Idk they seem like a prime example of a particular glossy 80s sound that grates on some people's nerves. I've met people who have declared fatwa on Talk Talk & I assume those folks would hate the Blue Nile as well

example (crüt), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:49 (two years ago) Permalink

I just can't take seriously people who don't love this band.

otm.
this week i've been obsessed with hats, just because.

Nourry, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 01:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Turrican, I think you've got the wrong musical landmarks. Not so much Sylvian or Talk Talk, moreso like Flat Earth-era Thomas Dolby covering "San Diego Serenade." The Blue Nile are heart-on-sleeve romantics, often failed and always contemplative. They're arguably at their most affecting when heard between midnight and sunrise. Or after the sudden breakup of a relationship. Try "Regret" or "Let's Go Out Tonight" or "From a Late Night Train", all are equally comforting and devastating.

doug watson, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:29 (two years ago) Permalink

People also tend to forget or downplay how genuinely odd and striving this band was, especially initially - there's not much in pop that sounds like "Rags to Riches" or "Automobile Noise" in terms of haunting found sound pop-balladry, though Kate Bush's "Mother Stands For Comfort" does come to mind (and even that that post-dates these by a couple of years).

Tim F, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 02:50 (two years ago) Permalink

I feel like Hats became the favorite a long time ago, or at least that's the one people always seem to mention first, but A Walk is unparalleled IMO

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 03:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Hats is depressing as fuck, I can't handle it.

brimstead, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 04:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I just can't take seriously people who don't love this band.
― Tim F, Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:21 AM (12 hours ago)

I can understand folk not loving The Blue Nile, but like a proselytizer, feel that's only because they haven't seen The Light. They're a band that seems to pop up often as a "hey, you guys, I GET it now..." post. For emotion communicated in a voice, Buchanan's hard to match. Most of the quotable power comes from his delivery, rather than the complexity or uniqueness of the lyrics: "It's 3:30, and I'm thinking of you.", "All this talking, this talking, is only bravado."

Looking forward to his new album, supposed to be out 3rd Q 2015. New album coming from The Apartments, as well. I'd rate Peter Milton Walsh up with Buchanan as a favorite singer.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Buchanan's ability to shift the emotional pitch just through his delivery is effortless

Master of Treacle, Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Turrican wrote:
at first a feeling of "oh, this sounds well-produced" and then just as quickly I realise I've tuned out from it and it hasn't managed to keep my attention.

I can understand that - that's how I feel about Talk Talk! And I've got their stuff, too, but I just sort of like it and have never gone gaga for them like many others have.

Ah well, we all have our blind spots. ;-)

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to his new album, supposed to be out 3rd Q 2015.

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emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh, wow, I didn't realize Buchanan had a first solo album, never mind an upcoming second one. There's tomorrow's listening.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 29 January 2015 03:26 (two years ago) Permalink

His solo album is really, really, really good

a drug by the name of WORLD WITHOUT END (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 29 January 2015 05:39 (two years ago) Permalink

From a left-side comment on PB's official Facebook page.

"The current update for Paul's new album is that more than a dozen songs have been selected for recording, which will take place during January through to March, therefore, Newsroom Records would be looking for a commercial release for late June/early July 2015."

Couldn't find a homepage for Newsroom Records, which figures as this review mentions it's his own independent label.

Keep an eye out for a pre-order opportunity, as the _Mid-Air_ ltd. edition included a second disc of music (mainly instrumental versions, but also three non-album tracks), and in a nice package.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 29 January 2015 14:35 (two years ago) Permalink

Listening to Mid Air right now. Dumbfoundedly.

glenn mcdonald, Thursday, 29 January 2015 16:21 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

moving tomorrow. to relax ive drank a couple beers and im listening to hats in between two big speakers smoking weed amongst a room full of boxes. just the best band.

corbyn's gallus (jim in glasgow), Saturday, 1 August 2015 07:16 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I'm apparently in the minority when I say that I find PEACE AT LAST to be terrific. Yeah, the lyrics are a bit too heavy handed and
religious for my taste, but it's just as melodic and gorgeous to my ears as its 2 predecessors. A great album to take along for a night run.

beamish13, Monday, 5 October 2015 22:26 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Very nice hr interview of the band by Ken Sweeney.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:17 (three months ago) Permalink

iirc, and i probably said this in the 1975 thread, jessie ware is the person who told matt healy to listen to the blue nile

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:20 (three months ago) Permalink

also thank you for sharing this!!!!

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:20 (three months ago) Permalink

there's a blue nile app?????

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:25 (three months ago) Permalink

zuh??

nomar, Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:26 (three months ago) Permalink

well now i have to listen to The 1975 more

nomar, Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:26 (three months ago) Permalink

So welcome. Such a personal favorite band, anyone still to discover them, hope they have a similar impact.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:29 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah "hats" is without a doubt a top 5 record for me now and i just discoverd it a couple of months ago

k3vin k., Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:29 (three months ago) Permalink

my best vinyl find was a $1 copy of Hats

nomar, Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:34 (three months ago) Permalink

well now i have to listen to The 1975 more

only parts of the new record and the more shapeless songs on their initial eps really recall the blue nile—in the case of the older songs it's v much by accident, but they share a romanticism with the blue nile, a deference to a bigger feeling both melodically and lyrically, the sense that they've made room in their music for this feeling, even as the 1975 specifically describe mostly sack-of-shit anarchic hedonistic permanent teenager stuff. see:

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:34 (three months ago) Permalink

wow this interview is amazing

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Matthew Ryan and Neilson Hubbard's Strays Don't Sleep track, "For Blue Skies", reflects BN influence and does them credit. His talk of fandom here has me wanting to check out his other work. Have owned the SDS album for years, but never followed him up.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Continuing the geek flag flying, Ken Sweeney the interviewer released two fine albums as Brian. He's also been name-dropped and appeared in "Father Ted".

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 15 December 2016 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah "hats" is without a doubt a top 5 record for me now and i just discoverd it a couple of months ago

― k3vin k., donderdag 15 december 2016 20:29 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Exactly the same here. Found out through here.

Thanks for sharing the interview Scampering!

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 16 December 2016 08:16 (three months ago) Permalink

it took me two years to fall in love with "sentimental man" but wow am i ever in love with "sentimental man"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 16 December 2016 17:14 (three months ago) Permalink

my man

Tim F, Friday, 16 December 2016 19:04 (three months ago) Permalink

Peace at Last is phenomenally underrated. Perfect music for late night jogging

beamish13, Friday, 16 December 2016 19:05 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

i think my homework over spring break is to get into the third album

k3vin k., Thursday, 16 March 2017 21:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i love the blue nile and have never gone back to the third album because i suspect it is forever tainted for me by the fact that my dad is a fan of the band and bought and played the hell out of that cd when it came out and i thought it was awful and corny as hell at the time - i was 12

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i mean having a refrain on the opening song of an album that is

now that I've found
peace at last
tell me jesus
will it last

is a bit much

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's very dated in a way none of the other albums are

akm, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's definitely a step down from the first two albums, but there's some really great stuff on Peace At Last. I think the main problem is that some of it sounds a bit unfinished. Holy Love sounds like a demo that might well be the worst song they ever did. God Bless You Kid is a great tune but it goes on two minutes longer than it should. Soon, Happiness, War Is Love and Family Life are my favourites. Family Life is kind of a blueprint for Mid Air. Overall, High is a much more satisfying listen.

kitchen person, Thursday, 16 March 2017 22:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

family life is good

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 16 March 2017 23:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Peace At Last is one of my all-time fav albums. I've never yet been able to get into any of the other albums quite at the same level. I adore PaL from my heart and soul, and am regularly moved to tears any time I choose to listen to it anew. Its imperfections are just perfect to me. A "human(e)" album, that's how I would describe its appeal to me in a nutshell.

Max Florian, Saturday, 18 March 2017 00:23 (one week ago) Permalink

i love "broken loves" now

k3vin k., Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:41 (one week ago) Permalink

my fav song on high that's not "stay close"

the raindrops and drop tops of lived, earned experience (BradNelson), Wednesday, 22 March 2017 20:44 (one week ago) Permalink

um...."christmas"

k3vin k., Thursday, 23 March 2017 02:54 (one week ago) Permalink


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