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To Be Frank

Nik Kershaw Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle
  • ASIN: B000056X5D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Die Laughing 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jane Doe 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. How Sad 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Take Me To The Church 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hello World 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Already 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. One Day 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. All Is Fair 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Show Them What You're Made Of 4:160.99  Buy MP3 

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To Be Frank is the second album since Nik Kershaw re-emerged in 1999 from a 10-year recording hiatus--which he spent writing for the likes of Boyzone, Let Loose and Chesney Hawkes (he penned the one hit wonder's one hit, "The One and Only")--with his home-made fourth album 15 Minutes, as he further proves that popstars can get better with age. With that album, the former 1980s icon, known as much for his ludicrous gelled-up mullet as hits "Wouldn't It Be Good" and "The Riddle", remodelled himself in the classic singer-songwriter mould and consigned his former self to the past. But it was still only a tentative step; a hobby project released to unexpected acclaim. In every respect, To Be Frank is far more considered. Latin party single "Wounded", worldly wise acoustic ballads "One Day" and "Show Them What You're Made Of", and the dry-whited sneers at his motivationally-challenge alter-ego Frank on "Die Laughing", show that he can turn his nasally twang and sly humour to anything, plugging the gaps between David Gray and Paul Simon as he goes. But it's the life affirming choruses and unavoidable hooks that make instant radio hits of the likes of "Get Up" and "Jane Doe". And given that there's plenty more of them, To Be Frank's a near perfect collection from one of the UK's most underrated songwriters. --Dan Gennoe

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I expected. 5 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard this CD I have to admit I was a little disappointed, the songs didn't seem as strong as on Nik's last record, the mighty '15 Minutes'.After five or six plays I realised just how good it is ! The songs take a while to sink in but then just get better and better the more you hear them.If anything this is an even stronger collection than last time around.This is my humble opinion on each song.
Wounded - The catchiest track and first single,sounds worryingly like a Ricky Martin song but still somehow manages to be great ! 8/10
Get Up - One of Nik's best ever song's.Great chorus. 10/10
Die Laughing - The lyrics are very funny. 8/10
Jane Doe - The 'loudest' track on track on the album.Great guitar and vocals. 9/10
How Sad - Low key,moody song with singalong chorus. 8/10
Take Me To The Church - This my least favourite track, just a little too mushy ! 7/10
Hello World - Brilliant,great lyrics again and a terrific chorus. 9/10
Already - Ditto ! 9/10
One Day - The best song on the CD.Sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack to some epic movie! 10/10
All Is Fair - Witty lyrics,made me laugh the first time i heard it. 8/10
Show Them What Your Made Of - Just vocals,acoustic guitar and strings.It ends the record perfectly. 9/10
It's a real crime this music won't be heard by more people and thats my motivation in writing a review ( I'm normally too lazy to bother ! ), if you are in two minds about buying it .. do it !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Amid the sea of manufactured pop acts and cliched rock groups, this album's genuine originality is a breath of fresh air. Nik Kershaw's 80's hits, while clearly a product of their era, always had a unique sound which placed them above most of the other tracks around at the time, and I think Nik has recaptured this in "To Be Frank".
Nik's previous album "15 Minutes" was excellent, but also felt somewhat generic and mainstream - its excellence was not from doing something different, but from doing it well. "To Be Frank", however, is both well written and original, and has quickly become one of my favourite albums.
I would recommend this album to anybody, whether or not they are a Nik Kershaw fan. This album really has nothing to do with his 80's music except, perhaps, the quality, and the breadth of styles means there's something for most people on it.
It's something of a sad indictment of today's music industry that this album wasn't more popular - it seems that "well crafted" and "popular" are mutually exclusive. Choose the former - buy this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankly, a breath of fresh air. 5 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
Admitting you like Nik Kershaw is like admitting you played with your sister's Barbies. Well, I'm only owning up to one of those two and a quick glance at the album score will tell you which one. I'll spend one sentence on 80's comparisons and comeback and stuff like that just to say that it is totally irrelevant. To be Frank is modern, relevant and incredibly good.
Quite why this album has sold so badly is beyond me. There are seven outstanding songs on here, one of which I'm sure could have been a top five hit. Already is the most 'commercial' song Nik has written since I won't let the sun go down all those years ago. It has super, rolling percussion, neat guitar effects, a stirring verse and one of those soar away choruses that you only associate with prolific song writers.
This makes up a crescendo of final tracks joining one day (a mid tempo track exploring the adage that the grass in no more greener on the other side) and all is fair as a coup de grace to the album. The three are as alike as chalk and cheese but each one shows off the reason why Nik is one of the best songwriters there is. The tunes, while being inventive and thoughtful, are simple and easily remembered. The arrangement and production is considered and cumulative: no two parts of the song are identical, to every verse and chorus there is something added to reward continued play. The musical performance is tight and well executed. Ask any guitarist and he'll tell you that Nik finds unusual and original chord changes that make his songs that much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the year? Probably! 20 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Nik Kershaw, that serious pop boy who had a string of catchy hits in the 80s, always could write a good tune. Having only bought one of his singles back then, he's not exactly the artist I'd look for on this site or in the record shops. But, having heard the first single Wounded, I thought it would be interesting to give him a listen, so I bought Frank. With so much dross around at the moment it came as a refreshing surprise to hear this album.
The first track, Wounded, has to be the best single of 2001 although the record buying public failed to pick up on that - without doubt due to the lack of airplay. If it ever gets on a TV ad. it would be huge. Tracks such as Jane Doe, Die Laughing and Take me to the Church show Nik can still write great songs and this CD soon becomes the one you can't stop playing. Brilliant stuff. Five stars. Buy it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nik delivers yet again!
Another simply wonderful collection of songs from possibly the most under-rated artist in the history of popular music.

Not a single weak track on the whole album. Read more
Published on 22 July 2012 by D. Ashford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Classic
I hesitated for a long time before buying this album. I wasn't sure how it would compare to songs that I knew from the 80s for which Nik is perhaps best known and whether they... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2010 by Karmic Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars never off the car cd player
thought i would catch up on niks collection prior to seeing him on live tour.wished i had bought it earlier,great tracks think its stuck in car cd player!
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by Mr. wayne Goode
4.0 out of 5 stars The Curse of Kershaw!!
Hmmmm...i took ownership of my copy at the weekend & to be...totally honest, this is a gem! Clever, intelligent & deep lyrics as per usual from Mr Kershaw with some fine... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2008 by K. J. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget your Pop Idol contestants
Well you are really only going to think of buying this album if you liked Nik in the first place but think again. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2003 by "bussijay"
5.0 out of 5 stars One word - Excellent
This is a truly excellent album, populated not only with some wonderfully catchy music but also some brilliant lyrics, instrumentals, singing ..... etc.
Wonderful. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2002 by Drama Critic ...
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best albums of 2001
Though ignored by most of the media , on its release last year , this album deserves to gain reconision by word of mouth, of what a fine songwriting talent Nik Kershaw is . Read more
Published on 7 May 2002 by johmonkey@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest album in a long time
This is a truly excellent album, filled with bitter/sweet, heart-felt and world-wise offerings. The perfect opener, "Wounded", gets you off to a great start, and the... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2002 by C. Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Get up, get on your feet for Nik Kershaw!
Since receiving an advance copy of this album way back last April time, barely a day has gone by when i have not listened to it! Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Nik gets better and better!!
Having fondly remembered Nik's hits of the 80's, when I heard he was bringing out '15 Minutes' in 1999, I was eager to hear how his music would sound so many years on. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2001
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