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One of the 80s' best and most enduring songwriters returns with an album of greats and new material. Then & Now represents a tour through Nik's career to date including the huge hits "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down", "The Riddle", and "Wouldn't It Be Good"; it features the songwriting skills which have lead him to write for the likes of Elton John, Phil Collins and even Boyzone; it also includes three new, exclusive songs along with the track he recently recorded with dance legend Les Rythmes Digitales.
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it made me so happy to think that nik was still going strong and his music has definately inproved in places on how it was in the 80s and 90s (those 90s tracks are few and far between to find).
this album sits in my computer music library and is always played in full, at maximum volume, while i sit and reminisce with my online pals about everything nik.
it is a must for any self-respecting fan of the great, fantabby nik kershaw!
The new tracks and the songs from his last 2 albums "15 minutes" and "To Be Frank" are the best and well worth buying just for them. What I am surprised by is the poor quality of the editing by the record company. Many of the early hits have been slightly edited for time, fading out 10 to 20 seconds early, with the exception of Nobody Knows (an excellent track) which has been butchered by nearly one and a half minutes!!!!
It would have been good to have had more sleeve notes on the music as well. This would have been a great opportunity to do the job well but sadly they were a bit slap dash. This goes for the DVD as well, which isn't the same full track listing or the original hits, but a 10 track copy of the European release which was call "The Universal Masters". It would have been great to finally have a DVD of all his videos as they are quite hard to find.
It's great to see Nik back and I hope he gets to record a new full album of material on the back of this.
This CD is great as a introduction to someone new to his music as it covers all periods, and a must for old fans who want the new material. If you really want the old stuff, suggest you choose one of the many cheaper compilations available.
Then and Now is a collection of Nik's Hits that you love and some fresh music as well. I understand this CD is an attempt to get this deserving musician back into the limelight. I am sure he could again be a superstar, even if this is not what he wants for himself and I am also well aware that this guy nearly threw it all in out of frustration many times in recent years - thank goodness he didn't.
If you steer away from Nik's music as it immediately conjures up memories of 1980's synthesisers and drum machines, then do yourself a favour and get "15 minutes", "To Be Frank" and this new cd, "Then and Now". His latest style is quality Pop Rock along with his incredible, sometimes haunting melodies. Along with the quality musicians he utilises, his latest cd's are, indeed, winners - although they do not get the airplay they deserve. Perhaps the pundits have his 1980's big-hair image implanted firmly in their brains??
I am listening to "Cloud Nine" as I write and I believe Nik has another hit on his hands (is that Paul Young singing in there somewhere??), as with "Times Like These" (which takes a little time to get used to the verse but the chorus is fabulous) and "What it Is" has hints of "Wouldn't It Be Good" which can't be a bad thing, can it? "Dangerous Eyes" reminds me of the previous hit "Wounded" although with a different feel.
Buy and Enjoy - something old and something wonderfully new from a very talented Nik Kershaw!
"...it's times like these I wish I could get on my knees and somehow put my arms around around the world." Beautiful.
Times Like These failed to grab my attention when I first listened to it - maybe it will grow on me. Dangerous Eyes, Cloud Nine and What It Is are all great though, and reminiscent of 15 Minutes and To Be Frank.
If you don't already own Nik's early albums or one of the countless compilation CDs, then this is a 5-star must buy. But if, like me, you already have copies of over half the tracks, Then & Now represents dubious value-for-money. On the other hand, if you love Nik's music, then you will want the new tracks. Personally I think it's a shame that Nik didn't record new versions of his oldies.
I somehow doubt that Then & Now will revive Nik's career, which is a great shame as he remains one of the most original and talented singer/songwriters in the business...
so people if you are going to buy a nik album make sure its this one.
enjoy the album
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