The Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Rooftops

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  1. A Walk Across The Rooftops (4:59)
  2. Tinseltown In The Rain (5:57)
  3. From Rags To Riches (6:06)
  4. Stay (4:57)
  5. Easter Parade (4:34)
  6. Heatwave (6:28)
  7. Automobile Noise (5:09)

Linn, 1983

also by The Blue Nile:

see also... Talk Talk, David Sylvian

I don't know why the Blue Nile were never more successful. Their unique style is simple and melodic, but seems to have been conjured out of nowhere, with no discernible influences. The quality of the songwriting is astounding. Paul Buchanan's smooth lyrical vocal lines are backed by a colourful variety of instrumental combinations, but it never sounds cluttered. With the evocative lyrics, it conjures up a completely distinctive atmosphere of urban melancholy.

The wistful melody of the opening track is accompanied by some choppy keyboard strings and pizzicato noises, which are typical of their sound. "Tinseltown in the Rain" is more upbeat and poppy, but with a compelling tune and string counter-melody. "From Rags to Riches" has some interesting, delicate sequencer bubbling. "Stay" is another upbeat, optimistic song with a floaty feel. "Easter Parade" is the perfect atmospheric piano ballad, while "Heatwave" has a simple mellow groove. "Automobile Noise" finishes it off with more of the distinctive urban poetry, backed by metallic blips from the drum machine.

November 1, 2003

8 out of 10

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