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Blue Nile frontman, Paul Buchanan, will release his already acclaimed solo debut full-length, Mid Air, in the U.S. on October 30 via Essential Music.

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A 2am album of sheer, devastating beauty --Mojo

He may be Britain's finest male vocalist --The London Sunday Times


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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Essential Music
  • ASIN: B007K0M1TG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,275 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By moro on June 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of just released line drawings from Paul Buchanan who obviously lives in a sea of emotion. The album is sparse and downbeat throughout, but it is worth pointing out the piano is embellished by some low volume studio trickery which comes more and more to the fore as the listener becomes familiar with the lyrics and mood of each piece. The record differs from the full band - of course you might say: not only does the minimal style of the music totally dominate, but also, the vocal style is kind of 'whispery'. It is close to spoken word; just a few thoughts in the listener's ear - extraordinarily intimate, and from a certain point of view ambitious in the extreme as there is no hiding from an unbroken reliance on the strength of the vocals, words and music. What I'm saying is the songs have to be good if you take that approach. They have to be, and the jury will be out in force. Unsurprisingly, the colour is still blue, an album of automobile noise and late night trains without the actual automobile noise drums and rhythms. Bare bones. Interestingly, the intimacy and the less is more philosophy are actually Blue Nile trademarks, but the lack of the full band sound and close to perfect sense of rhythm and excitement that they brought make these tracks more like pencil sketches. I think everything I've said would be pretty obvious to a fan of the Blue Nile. So what about the songs themselves?

Firstly, are they tuneful? 'Yes, but...' is the answer. Not in the sense of cup running over 'Downtown Lights' or 'Tinseltown In The Rain'. Not even of 'Family Life' or 'From A Late Night Train' where you can unequivocally say the tune is immediate and fully developed. But, yes, the tunes are there I can happily report.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on May 30, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It is difficult knowing where precisely to commence this review. You could give a potted history of the Blue Nile one of the greatest bands ever to grace these Isles despite their frugal and agonizingly slow output (four albums since 1984). You could track the fact that a very long eight years has passed since 2004's excellent "High" and now the band has split up. You could welcome the fact that the best voice in British rock music bar none has dusted himself down and picked up the tools again. And finally you could rejoice at the sheer magnificence of this solo album by Paul Buchanan and offer praise to the mighty forces that you are able to add to your record collection one of the most sublime albums of this or any year.

The template for "Mid Air" Buchanan's first solo work seems to draw on the sparse piano acoustics that made the first part of "Family life" on "Peace at last" such an moving and intoxicating feast. On "Mid Air" Buchanan employs the "less is more" principle to great effect. None of these 14 stunning miniatures goes much over the three-minute mark yet as a collective whole they are a body of work that pack an emotional punch as big as a Scottish Munro. Buchanan's recent performance of the brilliant title track with Jools Holland set out all the clues. The yearning lyric "The buttons on your collar, the colour of your hair, I think I see you everywhere" kicks off a song so simple yet so emotive that it stops you dead in your tracks. And what about that voice? At 56 Buchanan is singing better than ever and he is one of the vocalists whose depth, timbre and phrasing can reduce the listener to a gibbering wreck. Check out the stellar concluding track "After dark" the longest song on the album and try to hold that lump in your throat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. P. Spretnak on August 21, 2012
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If your favorite Blue Nile CD is Peace At Last, have I got a record for you! Although it sports a little more orchestration on a few tracks, this Paul Buchanan solo project features the same spartan arrangements found on "Family Life" or the other tracks on the third edition. The good news is that the tunes aren't nearly the downers found on Peace At Least, although this certainly won't be mistaken for the feel-good party album of the 20-teens. I'm being a cheap date rating this five stars, but I'm just so happy to have new Blue Nile music to listen to and love.

(Yes. It's Blue Nile music. It's Paul Buchanan and Paul Buchanan = The Blue Nile. End of argument.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Anderson on June 6, 2013
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Having just recently discovered this solo piece by Paul Buchanan it has brought so much joy to me. There is only one band in the world that should release more records and that is The Blue Nile. All of their songs are so meaningful and personal but yet as a listener you take ownership and they become quite personal. I wish they would tour.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By parabolica on July 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
There are a few artists' in this world that you can put or label the word "transcends" next to.

Clearly one of them is Paul Buchanan, this solo album is simply beautiful and pure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By elektrolad on June 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If I didn't know his history I'd say someone made a great easy listening album, but this sounds more like a demo album from The Blue Nile than anything else. I can almost hear where the rest of the arraignments should have been. Nothing wrong with the album. Just sounds unfinished. A sadness in his voice for his former bandmates and the fame that should have been...
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