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|1. Mid Air|
|2. Half The World|
|3. Cars In The Garden|
|5. I Remember You|
|6. Buy A Motor Car|
|7. Wedding Party|
|8. Two Children|
|9. Summers s On Its Way|
|10. My True Country|
|11. A Movie Magazine|
|13. Fin De SiÃ..cle|
|14. After Dark|
Sparse in texture, it yields an almost overwhelming emotional kick, best received in the wee small hours. Buchanan carries the torch of Sinatra’s sensitive-masculine phrasing like no other. His wilfully imperfect vocals defy pat resolutions, hanging in the air like smoke plumes. It’s about the notes he leaves out, the spaces between, which, regarding loss, heartbreak and the yearning for beauty, say it all.
It’s mostly just voice and piano, with simple, effective melodies knowingly offering glimpses and echoes of earlier peaks. On My True Country, he sings "far above the chimney tops / take me where the bus don’t stop," channelling the essence of his former band’s A Walk Across the Rooftops. The lyrics throughout breathe fresh life into time-honoured imagery: snow, starlight, sky. "I want to live forever," he sings on the title-track, "and watch you dancing in the air."
Part eulogy (for a friend who died), part celebration of peripheral moments which inform the everyday with flecks of epiphany, the songs (titles like Half the World, Wedding Party and Summer’s on Its Way are as evocative as the work of Edward Hopper) bleed into a poised, tingling whole. Fin de Siecle is a gorgeous Nyman-esque instrumental, but this voice can sing "the cars are in the garden now" over and over and leave you marvelling at its poetic accuracy. On the closing After Dark he offers, "Life goes by and you learn / How to watch your bridges burn," and gently brooks no argument.
Louis MacNeice famously used the phrase "time was away and somewhere else" to describe the feeling of love. It equally well describes the 36 minutes of Mid Air, a masterpiece.
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Very disappointing. I forget I'm listening to it. All tracks sound the same.It so often happens when they go solo. bring back the Blue Nile.Published 2 months ago by Jim Boyd
Absolutely fantastic album very restful and relaxing. Sad and lovely.Published 4 months ago by Phil Ryan
If you like moody wonderful songs with lovely lyrics then this is for you. Heard it in the film About Time and bought on one song Mid Air.Published 6 months ago by Martin dyson
Unplugged indeed....if you don't own this this thing of pure beauty just buy it!!!Published 9 months ago by Starslider
Paul Buchanan - thank you for this album. The gestation period of Blue Nile albums was always too long. More of this asap.Published 9 months ago by marcoG17