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OptionVotes
The Downtown Lights 19
Let's Go Out Tonight 12
Saturday Night 8
Headlights on the Parade 5
Over the Hillside 3
Seven A.M. 3
From a Late Night Train 1


who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

btw this is impossible

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:28 (one year ago) Permalink

fuck polling a hat

savvinesslessness (map), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:30 (one year ago) Permalink

most inexplicable discovery from the 5 favorite albums thread, never heard of this, had no idea so many people held it so dear.

flappy bird, Monday, 3 October 2016 16:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Going for a sleeper, "Let's Go Out Tonight". By the way, if you've never seen the hour long film made of their one(?) US tour, it's on You Tube, called "Flags and Fences", it's great

Iago Galdston, Monday, 3 October 2016 16:36 (one year ago) Permalink

what i never heard of flags and fences!

I have been saving the book about them (Nileism) for the right moment.

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:41 (one year ago) Permalink

i've listened to this about 6 times since discovering it a couple of days ago (from the 5 favorites thread) and i think i do have an early favorite but right now all i think i can say for sure is that it's not "seven am". and "seven am" is not bad by any means!

what i love about this album, and this band (i listened to AWATR once too) is how well it romanticizes the feeling of being in love in (and/or with?) a big city -- so many of their songs evoke walking deliriously down a city street late at night, taking in all the sights and sounds, heart swelled with love, or lust, or...something

k3vin k., Monday, 3 October 2016 16:42 (one year ago) Permalink

there are a lot of classic ilx tim f posts about the particular romanticism of the blue nile that you also nail there k3vin

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Isn't 'let's go out tonight' the most pop song in here?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:48 (one year ago) Permalink

this is like asking to pick your favorite child

j. winters (josh), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:52 (one year ago) Permalink

most inexplicable discovery from the 5 favorite albums thread, never heard of this, had no idea so many people held it so dear.

― flappy bird, Monday, October 3, 2016 12:31 PM (twenty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


yeah same here, have been jamming it for the past few days. whatever past discussion there's been of it on ILM has somehow slipped by me for the decade i've been here

ciderpress, Monday, 3 October 2016 16:55 (one year ago) Permalink

It feels like a minor hit, maybe an ost appearance? There's a craig armstrong version which I knew before the blue nile one:

https://youtu.be/osP05cpJKNM

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 3 October 2016 16:56 (one year ago) Permalink

the last minute of "downtown lights" :O

k3vin k., Monday, 3 October 2016 17:02 (one year ago) Permalink

nah, downtown lights is the obvious pop song here - been covered by rod stewart, annie lennox, even keane have done a version xp

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Monday, 3 October 2016 17:05 (one year ago) Permalink

We had it at record club a few years ago.

https://devonrecordclub.com/2013/02/04/the-blue-nile-hats-round-45-toms-selection/

Rob's reaction was interesting...he doesn't like late period Talk Talk either and, whilst they are not all that similar sonically, there's something about the purity of the sound that I guess is anathema to his ears.

I went for Saturday Night but could have picked any of the seven (seven track albums are always fantastic!).

yugi ex, Monday, 3 October 2016 17:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Isn't 'let's go out tonight' the most pop song in here?

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, October 3, 2016 12:48 PM (seventeen minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I don't know, maybe. I always thought Headlights on the Parade was the poppiest

Iago Galdston, Monday, 3 October 2016 17:07 (one year ago) Permalink

what i never heard of flags and fences!

I have been saving the book about them (Nileism) for the right moment.

― I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Monday, October 3, 2016

It's OK, rather prosaic considering how much a good writer could rhapsodize about them

Iago Galdston, Monday, 3 October 2016 17:08 (one year ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arOG2_QG4ls

Iago Galdston, Monday, 3 October 2016 17:10 (one year ago) Permalink

found an OG pristine vinyl copy of this for $1 a few months ago, pretty ridic what slips through the cracks sometimes.

nomar, Monday, 3 October 2016 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

still find it cheap at carboot sales here too, rubbing shoulders with chris rea et al

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Monday, 3 October 2016 17:16 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah same here, have been jamming it for the past few days. whatever past discussion there's been of it on ILM has somehow slipped by me for the decade i've been here
― ciderpress, Monday, October 3

Me three.

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 October 2016 17:34 (one year ago) Permalink

xpost to scik mouthy

it's hard to make a nuts and bolts case for an affinity between late talk talk and blue nile but i will say that the paul buchanan solo album is the only record that reminds me of the mark hollis solo album at all.

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Monday, 3 October 2016 17:36 (one year ago) Permalink

^^ more than enough to get me interested. Only heard abt Blue Nile's album through ilx last week, and Hollis was on my mind frequently.

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 October 2016 17:40 (one year ago) Permalink

album is called Mid Air

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Monday, 3 October 2016 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Listened to the title track of that and it reminded me of Lewis - L'amour

Evan, Monday, 3 October 2016 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

"Seven A.M." because it goes down a storm with just about any combination of Sade's "Make Some Room," the dub mix of Mr. Fingers' "What About This Love," M.E./Virgo's "School Hall," and the Arthur Baker "Rapid Eye" remix of Will Downing's "In My Dreams."

Andy K, Monday, 3 October 2016 18:07 (one year ago) Permalink

saturday night/quarter to five/when the storefronts are closed in paradise/meet me outside the cherry light

flopson, Monday, 3 October 2016 18:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I love the meticulous productions of Talk Talk and David Sylvian's solo work, but I've never got on with The Blue Nile. I can't deny that the production on this record is great, but whenever I've listened to it I've often found my attention wavering very quickly. 'Let's Go Out Tonight' is a great example of a song that I switch off from long before the end.

pen pineapple apple pen (Turrican), Monday, 3 October 2016 18:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Listened to the title track of that and it reminded me of Lewis - L'amour

― Evan, Monday, October 3, 2016 7:52 PM (thirty-three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ok wow...

George Costanza: "If this is a lie, if this is a joke, if this is your idea of some cute little game, we're finished ...

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 October 2016 18:33 (one year ago) Permalink

:(

Evan, Monday, 3 October 2016 18:49 (one year ago) Permalink

At the office through laptop speakers so maybe that is a dumb comparison.

Evan, Monday, 3 October 2016 18:52 (one year ago) Permalink

For example I thought those were synth pads behind his voice and piano. Realizing they're not.

Evan, Monday, 3 October 2016 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Saturday night obv

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 3 October 2016 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

yup

flopson, Monday, 3 October 2016 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah "saturday night" is the one that i've been most obsessed with, when the strings come in a little over halfway through the song it's just game over, music doesn't get much better than that

k3vin k., Monday, 3 October 2016 19:00 (one year ago) Permalink

"From A Late Night Train" is imo as sublime as it gets

Master of Treacle, Monday, 3 October 2016 19:03 (one year ago) Permalink

reminds me of Aztec Camera!

seafaring funnyman Jacques Custos (rip van wanko), Monday, 3 October 2016 19:04 (one year ago) Permalink

not exactly my bag in general, but will say the singer reminds me a bit of Adrian Belew

Dominique, Monday, 3 October 2016 19:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Noooooooooo

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Monday, 3 October 2016 19:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I would have thought that Let's Go Out Tonight might be a front-runner, but from the comments, maybe not. Anyway, it gets my vote, but all are great.

A lot of people seem to prefer the Craig Armstrong cover (on which Buchanan sings), but I think Hats remains the definitive version. Second place goes to Isaac Hayes version…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3vuy0QJ0BA

Bloody Snail, Monday, 3 October 2016 19:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Evan, all I meant was I want you to be right. I want it to sound like Lewis. And it does. Nothing dumb about it.

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 October 2016 19:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh, totally misread you then! I'm often a little too worried about offending those who are closer to an artist than I am. New to the Blue Nile myself but liked that solo track much more.

Evan, Monday, 3 October 2016 19:58 (one year ago) Permalink

dude holy shit that isaac hayes cover of "let's go out tonight" !!

k3vin k., Monday, 3 October 2016 20:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh, totally misread you then! I'm often a little too worried about offending those who are closer to an artist than I am. New to the Blue Nile myself but liked that solo track much more.

― Evan, Monday, October 3, 2016 9:58 PM (fifty-six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Can't say I was too clear with Seinfeld reference tbh. Just really, really wished your Lewis reference was on point. And it was.

the tightening is plateauing (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 3 October 2016 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah "saturday night" is the one that i've been most obsessed with, when the strings come in a little over halfway through the song it's just game over, music doesn't get much better than that

― k3vin k., Monday, October 3, 2016 7:00 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah I was coming here to say that "saturday night" has the slightest of edges because the string refrain from the 3 and half minute mark is like two lovers walking towards each other on a city bridge.

also it's my "song i would sing on Idol or equiv" song.

Tim F, Monday, 3 October 2016 21:18 (one year ago) Permalink

"saturday night" is my vote

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 3 October 2016 21:40 (one year ago) Permalink

most inexplicable discovery from the 5 favorite albums thread, never heard of this, had no idea so many people held it so dear.
― flappy bird, Monday, October 3, 2016 12:31 PM (twenty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ya me neither

marcos, Monday, 3 October 2016 21:43 (one year ago) Permalink

shouts out to my favorite lyric ever though: "in love we're all the same / we're walking down an empty street"

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Monday, 3 October 2016 21:45 (one year ago) Permalink

god that isaac hayes cover

savvinesslessness (map), Monday, 3 October 2016 21:57 (one year ago) Permalink

7 AM is a great song!!

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:42 (three months ago) Permalink

whats crazy is the sound of that song could be like ... a 2017 rap song

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Ha! Future could prob rap his way through a lot of Blue Nile songs. I can see that.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:46 (three months ago) Permalink

"seven am" is awesome, "each time i fall for you / it hurts me a little bit more / than i want it to" is a central moment on the record

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah. The repeated "than I want it to" echoing off in the mist seems quintessential to the record.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:53 (three months ago) Permalink

haha, maybe I'll get around to it someday - don't particularly like the bass sound

niels, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

“seven AM” is probably the only song from their first two records that I don’t truly love. but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good, or that I won’t love it some day

“from a late night train” has with some time emerged for me as the real tearjerker and centerpiece of the album

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:29 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm going through a relationship break-up right now and this album is just on constant repeat*. just perfect.

*i also listen to this album a decent amount when I'm not going through a break-up to be fair.

let's go out tonight and from a late night train are my 2 faves on the record, 7am my least favourite but it's still p great. i really like the baseline but I'm not so keen on some of the keys

khat person (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Shit got real... I'm sorry to hear that Jim, and I truly hope you'll be ok.

Having said that, yeah, it's probably the best break-up music out there. But especially when you're not experiencing one.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:37 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah I was in the middle of a breakup when I got into this band, it’s really the perfect music for that. for better or worse...

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:40 (three months ago) Permalink

7 am is top 2 song from the album to me & the one that best transcends its setting

bass sound makes it!!

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:40 (three months ago) Permalink

other being “saturday night”?

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Blue Nile could've done me a world of... something, if it had been around when I had my break-ups. Only discovered them 5, 6 idk years ago (in true 'where have you been all my life' fashion)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Shit got real... I'm sorry to hear that Jim, and I truly hope you'll be ok.

Having said that, yeah, it's probably the best break-up music out there. But especially when you're not experiencing one.

― ♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, January 10, 2018 1:37 PM (ten minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thanks for the kind words, I'm doing well, it's been a slow-motion breakup so I've been through the whole 7 stages of grief thing and it's ending amicably.

back to the topic actually saturday night actually might be in my top 2, not sure which song it would usurp though

khat person (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:50 (three months ago) Permalink

sending good vibes your way, jim

“saturday night”, “lets go out tonight”, and “from a late night train” are in my top 10 paul buchanan songs

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:57 (three months ago) Permalink

hats is the record to listen to during and following a breakup. mid air is revisiting those feelings years later

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:58 (three months ago) Permalink

Good to hear it is somewhat amicable, god speed Jim <3

“saturday night”, “lets go out tonight”, and “from a late night train” are in my top 10 paul buchanan songs

― k3vin k., Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:57 PM (sixteen seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha yeah, same here! Don't think we've ever done a Blue Nile POX (would be extremely hard)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:58 (three months ago) Permalink

High from 96 is pretty great, they did a pretty remarkable job of sticking to their lane and not getting bogged down in 90s stuff

Keak da Sneaky Dianne (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:16 (three months ago) Permalink

my paul buchanan POX is pretty heavily weighted toward the first 2 albums and mid air, and I’m not including non-album tracks, even though things like “I love this life” and “regrets” and “christmas” and “st catherine’s day” etc etc etc are right up there

from rags to riches
easter parade
heat wave
let’s go out tonight
from a late night train
saturday night
family life
mid air
half the world
cars in the garden

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:44 (three months ago) Permalink

It's an infallible selection. Kudos for including Half the World.

Mid Air is a masterpiece. I'll have a good long think about my POX.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Because of Toledo is great

Keak da Sneaky Dianne (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:54 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah high is a good record. I know it’s only a matter of time until I totally fall for it. “toledo”, broken love, she saw the world, stay close, all really good

k3vin k., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:15 (three months ago) Permalink

"Seven AM" is my least favorite song on the album. :(

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 23:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Every person dissing 7am is objectively wrong

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Trotsky wrote something similar in Literature and Revolution.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Seven AM is my least favourite on the album but it's still great

ufo, Thursday, 11 January 2018 01:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Seven AM cos the last 2 minutes are the best sounding recording of anything ever. so much going on

stoppp, go, stopppp, go, cos i .. doontknoooow

― Spottie, Monday, October 3, 2016 11:23 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Spottie, Thursday, 11 January 2018 02:49 (three months ago) Permalink

7am is great and i’m pretty sure there’s an Andy K post somewhere that establishes this conclusively.

Tim F, Thursday, 11 January 2018 03:02 (three months ago) Permalink

one of the songs has to be the 7th best!!

k3vin k., Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:16 (three months ago) Permalink

no its the best actually

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:24 (three months ago) Permalink

its kind of wild to me that ppl think its relatively bad, it always struck me as a standout, compositionally the most unique record on the album

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:24 (three months ago) Permalink

does make sense that the track to stand out the most would be most divisive

niels, Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:04 (three months ago) Permalink

7AM is straight robert palmer, apart from the funky guitar break which is automatic by the pointer sisters iirc. these are not criticisms though

faust apes (NickB), Thursday, 11 January 2018 07:24 (three months ago) Permalink

there's an album called hats?!?!

fuck all of you who like it

― first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Wednesday, February 8, 2012 6:13 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Love this album to bits obv but this sometimes pops up in my head and never fails to make me chuckle.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:48 (three months ago) Permalink

wow this is......really good. i hadn't heard of it at all until this week.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:20 (three months ago) Permalink

xp otm, classic post

brimstead, Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:52 (three months ago) Permalink

hats!

http://www.glasgowist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BlueNileTrio.jpg

piscesx, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:10 (three months ago) Permalink

woo CAD!

k3vin k., Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:10 (three months ago) Permalink

gave this album a listen last night for the first time ever

let's go out tonight is my favourite on it

rest of the album sounds like a grower

7am does sound different but that warbly bass is fun as a pre-dnb/electronica/trap thing

infinity (∞), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:53 (three months ago) Permalink

hats!

http://www.glasgowist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BlueNileTrio.jpg

― piscesx, Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:10 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

excluding the hat paul's outfit there is definitely something i would wear

khat person (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:03 (three months ago) Permalink

i also just listened to this for the first time this week! i like the whole thing but man "the downtown lights" is a killer song. i'm assuming the real fans look down on it because it's clearly the "pop hit" of the album but it is so good.

na (NA), Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:19 (three months ago) Permalink

NB. real fans do not look down on the downtown lights

Tim F, Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:33 (three months ago) Permalink

they look up

Tim F, Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:33 (three months ago) Permalink

the way Downtown Lights builds and builds and I'm tired of crying on the staiiiiiirs

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:37 (three months ago) Permalink

again:

in love we're all the same
we're walking down an empty street

^^^^^^^^ otm

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:44 (three months ago) Permalink

uh brad...did u know the universe was creating content esp for u???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_172cffdDJU

Keak da Sneaky Dianne (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:45 (three months ago) Permalink

lol yeah that's one of my favorite videos on youtube

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:50 (three months ago) Permalink

same

k3vin k., Thursday, 11 January 2018 23:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Gorgeous.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 11 January 2018 23:24 (three months ago) Permalink

I too checked out this album for the first time this week. Bit embarrassing it took so long given how many times I've seen them namechecked in threads of other bands I love (like the 1975). Great stuff

Vinnie, Friday, 12 January 2018 16:54 (three months ago) Permalink


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