- Audio CD (23 Aug 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single, Maxi
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B0002MH5XG
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 351,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The same can be said of this release, it has a cover with a pictorial reference to their second album "Hats" and with the inclusion of the very first tracks put out by the band," I love this life / the second act which did not appear on their debut album "A walk across the rooftops". This too will become highly sought after item by collectors of this trio from Glasgow.
Paul Buchanan for this single "I would never" has written another trademark love song which has him singing heartfelt lyrics with great feeling and soul, opening line of "I have walked a thousand miles, I have worked as fast as I can, and I have raised our precious child" he proclaims a deep emotion that only a man can feel for his family, once again the Blue Nile have taken something so ordinary and made something majestic out of it.
The song itself has all the usual Blue Nile elements, rich string arrangements and a very emotive chorus, and "does anybody know me?" a question we all ask of ourselves.
"I would never" is a late night, sit down and chill out track, a euphoric experience for all.
"I Would Never" is a fine if not phenemonal return from the Blue Nile. It is much closer in sound to "Peace At Last" than "Hats" or "A Walk Across The Rooftops", with Paul Buchanan's weary tones sounding initially a bit too close to acts like Del Amitri or Deacon Blue for comfort. However, despite its simplicity, the song is a grower and worthy of your listen.
The accompanying tracks "I Love This Life" and "The Second Act" were the band's first ever single from over 20 years ago. The fact that they are used is indication of the Blue Nile's lack of productivity. However, given that many fans will not have heard them, and the band's smallness of output is one of their defining characteristics, this is not a problem especially given the magnificence of both songs. The rub is that their strength rather diminishes the qualities of "I Would Never". Still I wait with bated breath for the album and, for the time being, I would never turn my back on my love for this band.