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Scottish band The Blue Nile, named after Alan Moorehead's classic 1962 novel, began their journey at Glasgow University at the turn of the 70s/80s where Paul Buchanan, Robert Bell and PJ Moore were studying. The group released a debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops in 1984 that became a major cult hit album through word of mouth. Their folk-ambient sound, with its tasteful combination of electronics and romantics, sounded like nothing else at the time and built a loyal fan base that still exists today. In 1989 their album Hats went Top 20 in the UK and spawned 2 hit singles - "Saturday Night" and "Downtown Lights." After a lengthy gap the band signed to Warner and in 1996 released Peace At Last. Celebrity Blue Nile fans include Annie Lennox and Peter Gabriel and the band's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Isaac Hayes and Tom Jones, Melanie C and the Harlem Gospel Singers. Now signed to Sanctuary and managed by Ed Bicknell (Dire Straits) The Blue Nile are releasing their fourth album High. Rumours of a long-awaited new Blue Nile album have been circulating in the music press and amongst certain radio DJs for some months now; there is tremendous anticipation amongst fanatics for this new collection of songs. As the strongest Blue Nile album to date, it is sure to satisfy hardcore fans as well as enveloping a new set of devotees. "The Blue Nile makes incredibly simple-sounding, emotional records about the stuff that fascinates them. And they're very good at it." NME "Inexpressibly lovely music that owes practically nothing to the vagaries of fashion." - Q.
Some eight barren years have elapsed since Glasgow's nocturnal melancholics the Blue Nile last tendered a studio album. However, patience is a virtue and "High"--which features material conceived and recorded over a ten year period, including a song once gifted to a former Spice Girl--yields a generous dividend for prostrate audiophiles and sleepwalking nighthawks alike. Like a far-away comet circling the universe in sublime and yet static perpetuity, the Blue Nile maneuver impressively into view every few years having changed very little, a compliment which can scarcely be applied to many other artists in their profession. In the manner of Talk Talk's Mark Hollis or Jackie Leven, Paul Buchanan's distressed utterances exude a downcast but romantic spirituality, mining a rich blue seam of fatigued detachment from the diaphragm upwards while somewhere in the background pianos, electronic drums, and subtle acoustic guitars pulse inconspicuously and yet with all the assurances of a heart steadily beating inside the chest. Eavesdropping on restaurant conversations, gazing at passing cars, looking at "the morning people going to work and fading away" is the stuff of cold, terminal exclusion but "High" is beautifully warm, offering the uncluttered quiescent orderliness of sonic Feng Shui for the soul. --Kevin MaidmentSee all Editorial Reviews
|1. The Days Of Our Lives|
|2. I Would Never|
|3. Broken Loves|
|4. Because Of Toledo|
|5. He Saw The World|
|7. Soul Boy|
|8. Everybody Else|
|9. Stay Close|
Buy this just for "She Saw The World" When Paul whispers at the end "Stop putting me. Stop putting me down", you will feel his emptiness. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Novymir
It is an excellent CD and if it weren't for itunes and the like, I'd give this CD 5 stars as a "Must Have". Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by 12Junes
If you are as big a fan of the Blue Nile as I am, you are going to love this CD! The haunting melodies and impassioned voice of Paul Buchanan, evoke a deeper understanding of your... Read morePublished on November 14, 2007 by Amazon Customer
I can't imagine how this album cannot have five stars. It was one of the first things to go on my iPod years ago, and it is still in constant rotation.... Read morePublished on October 5, 2007 by Winged Heels
We discovered the Blue Nile 20 years ago and were very pleased to find that they've continued to produce wonderful music in High. Read morePublished on May 28, 2007 by Reilly
Sorry, this recording is as much a disappointment as "Peace at Last." I love the Blue Nile, but the musical arrangmements of the last two albums lack the imagination and precision... Read morePublished on November 5, 2005 by Michael O.
understated avantgard. enoesque inspiration. john cale's type of voice and inspiration with a touch of scott walker flight...Published on August 29, 2005 by Javier A. Goliszewski
this is so avant garde in disguise, such an understated jewel.
mix the best you know of john cale's voice and insight with the flight of scott walker and look at it thru... Read more