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This review is from: Mid Air (Audio CD)For me, the best Blue Nile album of all has to be "Hats". I found "A Walk Across The Rooftops" a bit of a mixed bag, and both "Peace At Last" and "High" had some outstanding moments but were again rather inconsistent. I've also been fortunate enough to see The Blue Nile and Paul Buchanan playing live on a few occasions and they've always been superb. When I heard that Paul Buchanan was releasing a solo album and that The Blue Nile had to all intents and purposes disbanded I wondered if the magic would still be there. The answer is a resounding yes.
This short - somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes long - album is a collection of short, slow songs, all featuring Buchanan's immaculate voice accompanied by a piano and, in a couple of places, some subtle strings. It's one of the most moving albums I've ever heard, and if I listened to this when I was a bit emotional I would be in floods of tears, I'm sure. Each song sounds like a sketch, a moment from life and time, viewed through a window, every track capturing that "From A Late Night Train" mood. In terms of mood the album isn't too far removed from "Hats", albeit without the synthesisers and drums. Of course it isn't an album to listen to in the car - you'll either fall asleep or not be able to see due to the tears pouring from your eyes - but as late night music it is superb.
All in all it is a stunning collection of songs from one of our greatest ever songwriters. It deserves to be heard, and if you give it the time you'll never forget it. Simply put, the man is a genius.
(Additional note: If you can find the deluxe edition if features the same album, a disk of 10 extra tracks, most of which are instrumental versions or slightly different arrangements of the tracks on the main disk, and a large booklet of photographs and the wonderful lyrics, all in a 7" box. It's nice, and worth it for the extra tracks more than anything.)