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High

Blue Nile Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (2 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000CPU7Z6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still as good as ever 9 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
In the late 80's I picked up the Blue Nile album Walk Across the Rooftops and it became one of my 'must take with me to college' tapes.

For some reason I never looked to see what had happened to this band and just assumed they would have split up. That was until I heard the recent excellent duet by Texas 'Sleep' with Blue Nile's Paul Buchanan. A search on Amazon showed Blue Nile had released a couple of albums since the one I owned. The 2004 album High has just been re-released (probably following on from the exposure with Texas).

I've now had High on in the car for a couple of weeks and it's just like being at college all over again. Paul's vocals as strong as ever and what a collection of tracks. Ever had one of those albums where you keep coming back to one track again and again? For me it's track 5, She Saw The World, what a belter.

Why isn't this band better known? Perhaps they are all the better for their relative obscurity.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A polished gem. 22 Nov 2006
By C. Porter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Blue Nile fans. Who are they?

I got into The Blue Nile because someone told me they thought I'd like them. They weren't wrong. And now everyone I know who likes good quality music likes them too, following a referral from me, because this band seems to exist on personal recommendations.

Which is just as well, as they only manage one album every 7 years, on average!

Whenever they do release an album, the critics fall over themselves to praise it. Maybe that's the kiss of death for them....

Well, these critics are quicker than me. I find that each album requires time and quite a few listens to actually love. Each time I've got my hands on an album, I am initially a bit disappointed. Until about 10 listens time, when I am raving to anyone who will listen to me that it is a work of unmitigated genius etc. etc.

Their (relative) downfall is that their tracks don't tend to have the instant appeal that a lot of listeners appear to need. Still others refer to the smooth, glossy, meticulous productions as background music. Surely that's unfair, if you listen to Paul Buchanan's impassioned vocal.

The religious overtones to some of the work can also put people off, but when music is this dizzily hypnotic, I just don't care one way or the other.

Unashamedly soulful and romantic, The Blue Nile carve an individual furrow through pop. Every album has been released on a different label so far - faith and longevity is clearly an issue for the record labels.

Their next album is due in about 2011 (on current stats), but I, for one, will queue up to get it. Come on, Mr Buchanan, write more, write faster.

But he won't. Tortured genius, or pedantic megalomaniac? Who knows? And who cares?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bruised but unbowed 9 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Blue Nile return at last with another collection of sublime, intoxicating yet uplifting songs, characterised by Paul Buchanan's sharply observed bittersweet vignettes.
I'm surprised that other review haven't picked out "Because of Toledo" for special mention. It's one of the most stark, haunting and melancholic songs this side of...well, anywhere, actually - and yet is truly what The Blue Nile are about. Paul Buchanan's voice, torn with hopeless resignation, is accompanied by a picked guitar line that builds through a typical "Blue Nile Chorus" striking in it's simplicity: an unusual but majestic key change, strengthened by a sudden harmony, a wordless almost breathless phrase then, a wash of strings, a solemn horn. No waste, no cinematic score for false drama, no theatrics.
Paul Buchanan's voice isn't technically perfect. It glows with an epic weariness. If we had to give it a name, it would be Walter Matthau. Yet it's up there with the great voices from that land - Gary Clark, Billy Mckenzie, Hamish Stuart, Roddy Frame....
So, I hear you ask, who do they sound like? Well,that's just it - no one. And we don't want another band to sound like The Blue Nile. We've already got a band that sounds just like The Blue Nile. They're called........The Blue Nile. And that's all we need.
I want you to go and buy this. I want you to share the experience I had all those years ago when "A Walk Across the Rooftops" leapt out of my stereo, slapped me about the face and told me things just wouldn't be the same again - at least for another 6 years, when "Hats" slipped into my blood and somehow scrambled my DNA.
HANG ON, just a minute, let's think about this...........
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High - The Sky Is The Limit 18 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
As the Blue Nile have repeatedly proved in the past with beautifully crafted songs like Tinseltown In The Rain, the end always justifies the means; being the enduring wait for a new release for adoring fans who are in the meantime sustained by the three previous albums, A Walk Across The Rooftops, Hats and Peace At Last. The real essence of their magic is the depth of feeling Paul Buchanan is able to inject into the songs with a few carefully chosen words, often sung with a haunting quality that only adds lustre. A Blue Nile album is a rare thing of beauty and High doesn't disappoint. Stand out songs include I Would Never, Because Of Toledo, High (my personal favourite) and Stay Close.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars High is highly enjoyable
Paul Buchanan is a once in a generation master.
He makes you believe in total nonsense.
He'll make you cry in the sight of joy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jim Matus
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
The best album they made in my opinion. I have long been a fan of this band, but this album is sublime.
Published 11 months ago by Mr. G. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars anothe great album from the scottish romantics
third album from these great pop masters. soaring vocals in abundance as always. I would highly get this album to complement their previous albums of classic material.
Published 12 months ago by john moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece
Yet another moving etherial offering from the Blue Nile. It reaches the parts other other artists don't get close to. Brilliant.
Published 12 months ago by D. W. Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star
Great album from one of the best bands in the world,wish the rest of the world could discover this band, True genius
Published 19 months ago by J S Elen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another HIGH watermark
LISTEN to blue buffs who like the first two LPs . They all say you can't better them (fine). They are classics of their time , But to my mind Peace at Last and now HIGH go the... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by roymoorings
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Niule -High Album (Used)
Wonderful album - Title track is breathtakingly good.
For a used CD. this is in good condition and my order was speedily processed and despatched. Securely packed.
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Bronte
1.0 out of 5 stars Review of the CD
I love this album, musically it's fantastic and it plays fine on my old CD player and even in the car - but it won't rip. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by Small Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars High by the Blue Nile
Take the best bits of 'Walk Across the Rooftops', 'Hats' and 'Peace at Last'. Mix them together and pop them in the oven for over ten years and pull out baked to perfection 'High'... Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by Lazybhoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
Just buy this. I promise, you will not be disappointed. 'Class' is the word to describe this and everything else about the Blue Nile. Why wont they bring another album out?! Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by Java
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