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Not their strongest, but it's still The Blue Nile,
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This review is from: Peace At Last (Audio CD)
"Peace At Last" was The Blue Nile's third album, and their most American-sounding. The sparse but lush soundscapes of the previous two albums are pushed aside for more twangy guitars here, and sadly the songs are a little below par, but are still good. The undoubted highlight of the set is "Family Life", a devastating piano piece where Buchanan's voice sounds on the verge of tears, as though he's reached an emotional edge, and it is heartbreaking to listen to, often reducing me to tears (once listened to it in the car, which was a bad idea.) There are a few dud tracks here, such as "Holy Love" and "War Is Love", but the likes of "Happiness", "Tomorrow Morning", "Sentimental Man", "Love Came Down" and the aforementioned "Family Life" make up for them.
The remaster sounds a little cleaner than the original album but doesn't add much. There's still a fuzzy moment in "Family Life" which I'd hoped they would have cleared up but it's still there, which is a shame. It's also worth mentioning that if you own the original album all of the booklet artwork is different here for some reason.
The bonus disk doesn't really add much, half of the tracks being remixes of three of the lesser tracks from the album, but the other three songs are previously unreleased. They're nice - it's always good to hear new Blue Nile songs - but none of them are classics.
All in all it's a good album, if not a classic (and nowhere near as good as "Hats"), but if you've got the original CD it's not really worth upgrading to this unless you're a completist.