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on 27 September 2012
When I was an impressionable 13 year old, back in 1984 when this album came out, I remember not only being madly in love with Nik Kershaw, but also having a copy of The Riddle and his earlier album Human Racing back to back on a cassette tape that I played to death on my Sanyo portable stereo.

28 years later, this album still sounds just as good, Nik's ability to write catchy melodies and lyrics that can veer wildly from the environmentally conscious exhortations of Roses and Save the Whale to the wry comedy of Wide Boy to the downright unfathomable masterpiece that is the title track itself standing the test of time far better than his ridiculously short pop career ever did. For me, the three singles, The Riddle, Don Quixote and Wide Boy are still favourites, along with Roses and Know How.

Go buy. And while you're at it, have a look at the four albums he's produced since 1999 - all brilliant and criminally overlooked!
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on 13 October 2013
As Nik Kershaw continues to impress all willing to listen with his most recent releases (15 minutes, To Be Frank and Eight) it is wonderful rekindle memories of his original greatness with the re-release and re-engineered "The Riddle" album. While his last three efforts showed a maturing and reflective Nik, the early releases remind all what a creative songwriter and creater he was and is. The live material is very enjoyable and compliments nicely the remastered original studio recordings. While some may view these re-releases as a way to keep our collective appetite satisfied as we await another new disc - anything that allows us a deeper and more complete look into this artist is worthwhile. As Nik continues to improve with age - it is also pleasing to have his timeless initial releases enahnced to complete the catalog that has made him a treasured artist and my personal favorite. A toast to you Mr. Kershaw - keep 'em coming - both the classics and those much anticipated yet-to-be-released tunes.
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on 21 November 2017
Perfect for my brother in law for Christmas
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on 31 December 2017
Brought back so many happy memories
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on 30 July 2014
This deserves a re-listen. Anyone who is a fan of 80's music has probably got some Nik Kershaw material, but this expanded version of the Riddle takes the original to even greater heights.
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on 15 December 2017
Awesome
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on 31 August 2016
Great reissue of a classic album. The dynamics have been retained, and, really, this has not aged one iota.
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on 25 October 2013
Remasters like these are a treat, and the extra's make it even better, the b'sides, 12" and live stuff.
I don't need to tell you Nik Kershaw is great, just listen.
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on 3 April 2015
The Riddle is the stand out song - the rest are pretty average?
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on 27 October 2015
Great CD
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