Oooooh, I’m excited!

I just heard, through a friend on Facebook, that Paul Buchanan (of The Blue Nile) is about to release a solo album. I don’t know when I was last this excited about a new album release…

Here’s a sneak preview of the title track.

14 thoughts on “Oooooh, I’m excited!

  1. He was on Later last night, accompanied by Jools and very good it was too. You could probably see him on the repeat at the end of the week

  2. Beautiful, TB. He sounds like the British version of Tom Waits (i.e. the same sincerity and emotion but without the vocal affectation). I shall be watching Later on Friday.

  3. He always takes his time but it’s always worth it. This sounds like something Sondheim might have written (in a good way). A prequel to “Send In The Clowns” perhaps. Very lovely indeed.

  4. Thank you llamalpaca, I couldn’t imagine where I’d heard it before.Thought I’d suddenly become hip, but obviously not. Ah well. Very nice, though.

  5. Hi all,
    I didn’t see Later…, so have just this one song to go on so far.
    I only became a Blue Nile fan on the release of their most recent album, High. (Although given their rate of releases, only being a fan since their “latest” release still almost entitles me to a 10-yr Loyal Service Award!)
    But you know what? My anticipatory excitement at the news of this would have been as big as Toffee‘s if I hadn’t been able to satisfy it instantly by listening to the Mid Air link so kindly provided. So WTF?!?! Why am I horribly underwhelmed? Lord knows PB has earned enough of my loyalty for me to keep trying, but so far . . . nope, completely unmoved!!!!

    *reaches for Medical Emergency kit*

    “Nurse? Charge the paddles! I don’t think I can find my pulse!!”

    • OK – well, I love it!

      I’ve been ‘with’ The Blue Nile ever since a friend introduced them to me back in 1984 or ’85 by playing me the 12″ of Tinsel Town In The Rain but it was the extra track on Regret that spoke loudest to me and convinced me that I had discovered a gem of a band.

      I’ve stuck with them through their astonishingly small output (four albums in 28 years!) and I’ve loved just about everything I’ve heard by them.

      I have to say that this track is right up there with the best of The Blue Nile’s slower, emotional, heart-rending recordings – Regret, Family Life, Because of Toledo etc. – and I like it more on each listen.

      Stick with it Rich – and if you want to investigate further, have a look at:

      • Ah, I don’t do Facebook: I still fear it is a data surrender too far for my comfort. But don’t worry, I’ll persevere with whatever I can find of Mr. B’s album.

  6. UPDATE – I’ve followed the youtube links the screen shows when Mid Air finishes. I’m now developing a mini-obsession with the song Seasons Of Light, which I don’t think I’ve never heard before, despite it being a few years old and from the kind of Christmas album I’d normally hunt down with great diligence.

      • Eeeps! “

        … don’t think I’ve never heard …

        Sorry for the double negative there, folks.
        Does anyone still reading have the Christmas Seasons Of Light album? Our US-based Spillers may be favourite here. It seems to be out of print here.

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