- Audio CD (April 6, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B00000IMSC
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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His earlier idealism seems to have been softened a bit; his song "God Bless" has both the lyric "Heaven help old Joseph Bloggs in his cardboard box" and "God bless the stock exchange". However, songs like "Your Brave Face" seem to just be a recycling of his thoughts in "She Cries". Generally, though, his themes are modern, such as "Billy", a wonderful study in the difficulties in marriage; and "How Do You Like It So Far", a statement about ones dreams and accomplishments in life. "Have a Nice Life" is a wonderful father-to-son tribute, and the opening song "Somebody Loves You" is not only a great piece of pop, but also allows "15 Minutes" (the song and the album) to come full circle cleanly.
The early part of the album is just superb, but the latter part drags a bit. Unlike his earlier albums, there aren't many change-ups in style and tempo between songs. However, still one of the best albums I own, and one of Nik's best ever. There's no nostalgia at work here -- he *is* that good.
As one might guess, I bought this CD right after leaving the listening station, and only when I got home to listen to it on my stereo did I discover that this CD does not end with "15 Minutes" but includes a bonus remake of Kershaw's early 1980s hit "Wouldn't It Be Good." I was very happy to hear this song, as it was the track I most remember from Nik Kershaw's 1980s output. It is slower rendition of the song with acoustic guitar.Read more ›
Well, when I finally had the courage to by the album it totally changed my world. Honestly I cried the first time I heard the album. Imagine a guy sitting on a full bus crying and smiling listening to Nik Kershaw. But I couldn't help myself.
It's so rare in today's pop-music that you can instantly hear true emotions from the music. And now I don't mean just the lyrics, but the music itself.
Also, the album is so full of the most wonderful and catchy melodies that after you've heard the album a couple of times you won't be able to sleep. You simply can't get rid of the music. The arrangements are also interesting as they were already in the eighties.
I've never read a single interview of Nik, but still I love the guy. The man behind this and with a voice like that simply can't be evil.
Please buy this album, it can change your world.
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Thank you so much. I gave this as a gift for my dads birthday, I grew up with him playing it in the car on repeat. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kashlee Clausen
Nik Kershaw has grown up with us, and so has his music. The wit, the angst, the disappointment, the masterful blending of brilliantly intelligent lyrics with music that is haunting... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by B. Diorio
I picked up this cd after hearing "Have a Nice Life" as credits started to roll at the end of 'Park' (the movie). Read morePublished on June 17, 2008 by W. Dent
I remember him in the 80's. I found some new tracks of his on youtube. Those tracks grew on me and I bought the CD. It's true, just about every song is great. Read morePublished on August 28, 2007 by George Perkins
like I said in the title....Nik is BRILLIANT. this guy......he takes a melody and makes it his own testament to the human condition. Read morePublished on December 12, 2006 by B. harlan
Kershaw reminds me of a lot of other pop/rock singer-songwriters like Aimee Mann, Elliot Smith or Glenn Philips who are never appreciated to the degree they should be, because... Read morePublished on April 10, 2006 by liquidhotmagma
Artists like Nik Kershaw, Andrew Gold and Jude Cole are part of tht select club whose magic seems obvious to music afficianados but obscured to the mass of the music buying public. Read morePublished on May 21, 2005 by J. Moore