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A Walk Across The Rooftops

The Blue Nile

1984

A Walk Across The Rooftops

Album Summary

A Walk Across the Rooftops is the debut album by Scottish band The Blue Nile, released on 30 April 1984 on Linn Records in the UK and on A&M Records in the US. Although the album was released to little fanfare and was not a big hit on its initial release, it slowly accumulated fans and sales through word of mouth as the years passed, and by the time the follow-up Hats was released in 1989, A Walk Across the Rooftops had sold 80,000 copies. It continued to gather praise when reissued in 2012. The Irish singer Andrea Corr recorded "Tinseltown in the Rain" for her 2011 album of cover versions Lifelines and released it as the first single from that album. Duo Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin included a cover of "Heatwave" on their 1990 album The Big Idea.

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Rating

2.89

Votes

4627

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
  • Pop
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Wed Dec 16 2020
1

The wikipedia article lists this album genre as "sophisti-pop" which gives you a good idea of what you're getting into. This is some of the most pretentious 80s crap ever. The lyrics are incoherent, the instrumentation is a disconnected mess, and the song structure is completely nonexistent. I almost gave this a star because the singer has a pretty good voice. But, no. It's not enough to save the album. It's like some some guys in a highschool drama club got really into Bowie and decided to give it a try "but, you know, let's make it ours, right? Let's get experimental." Luckily, the whole album is only 38 minutes long. Because it's utter trash.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
1

This album is everything that's wrong with the music of the first half of the 80s. tuneless, wordy nonsense.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

When the bass line plays on A Walk Across The Rooftops, I feel like David Lynch is saying hello from the set of Twin Peaks. There is no melody to this song, just seemingly disparate musical parts. The parts are clearly synced together, but there’s no constant beat. Strangely I like this about the song. There are several other parts of the album that feel similar, like everyone is playing the same song, but they all started at different times. It’s really difficult to pin down a description. There is order to it, not randomness. It just feels like the music is constantly throwing me off. Again, I somewhat like this aspect of the album because I’ve never quite heard anything like it. Another thing I like is the lead singer’s voice. When he says “heatwaaave” in Heatwave, I think it could be the music dictionary’s definition the quintessential 1980s pop sound. I don’t know, I instantly recognize the decade by this one word. Easter Parade is sleep inducing, not in a good way while the bass driven groove on Stay is quite enjoyable. I’ve written quite a bit of positive things about this album, but I didn’t download it. Much like the album itself, my thoughts above are disjointed from my overall feeling about it. In the end I don’t really like the album as much as this review might indicate, but I do appreciate its strange uniqueness.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Incredibly well paced and measured; an excellent demonstration of restraint in pop music that is seldom seen. Rad.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

This was a really cool album. Reminiscent of the albums we've heard from Prefab Sprout and Simple Minds, so it comes as no surprise to see this also labeled "sophisti-pop." I really dug the structure, seven pretty long songs that you can sink your teeth into is always nice. Some very interesting instrumental choices, too. Quite a few tracks on here I'll return to. Favorite tracks: From Rags to Riches, Stay, Tinseltown in the Rain, Heatwave. Album art: Not bad for a band photo, the framing and multicolored text is pretty nice. But nothing special. 4/5

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Goddamn this is a smooth album, especially Heatwave. Very short. First album/artist so far I know nothing about, and glad I’ve now heard it.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

The Blue Nile's debut album has a rather fascinating genesis. Scotland's Linn Electronics wanted a demo track to demonstrate the fidelity and versatility of their new recording console and tapped a struggling local trio, the Blue Nile, to provide it. Their effort was a deliberately disjunctive song called "A Walk Across the Rooftops." To demonstrate the recording equipment's dynamic range and clarity, the song was arranged most peculiarly, with vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and full string and horn sections all appearing, but never at the same time. Linn liked the song so much that they formed a record label and bankrolled the recording of this full album. The seven lengthy tracks on A Walk Across the Rooftops all follow the model of the opener, with Paul Buchanan's rich voice at the center of near-symphonic arrangements that manage to sound lush and incredibly austere at the same time. The tempos are deadly slow, with the most upbeat track, "Tinseltown in the Rain," barely rising above a graceful saunter, and the inventive arrangements make extensive use of empty space. This was a popular album for demonstrating the lack of hiss and background noise in the then-new compact disc medium, but A Walk Across the Rooftops works even better as a piece of music than as a stereo demonstration record.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

I found this album to be an unexpected delight. Languid, sparse, and with unconventional structures and arrangements. All these songs feel tinged with sadness or melancholy in a way that cultivates a very distinct mood. 3.5/5 Favourite track: "Easter Parade"

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Not having heard of Blue Nile previous to listening to this album I didn't know what to expect. On first listen I struggled a bit to find a sense of how I felt about the album and ultimately found myself having to stop what I was doing and give it my full attention. Once I started to relax and really listen I began to be mesmerized by the sound. What is interesting is the music lacks the usual hooks that I look for but there was something romantic about the music that drew me in offset by the raw vocals. Somehow it works. I will definitely give more time to this album. Favorite song: Tinsel Town in the Rain

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Another band I never heard of!. Wikipedia says these guys are art pop or synth pop, and that feels pretty accurate. I wasn’t a big fan of the singer’s voice, but as always that is just a taste thing. The first track, which was also the title track, really drew me in. It had a very minimal feel, with the different instruments coming in one at a time. I wonder if this is where Spoon got the idea from. I loved both the tone of the bass, and the bass lines themselves, especially in the songs that were more musically spare where it could shine. The way the bass line hit in the title track reminded me a little bit of the way it comes in in Beck’s Soldier Jane, satisfyingly filling a rift in the song that you didn’t even know was there. Of the seven songs on this album, only 2-3 were in that sparse groovy style, with the others feeling too slow for my taste, or too much like other 80’s synth music. I would recommend listening to that title track, but not much else. As for belonging on this list, well, they don’t seem to be very well known, or very influential, or very consistent, to my ear. I think the list could have done without it. My personal enjoyment: 2/5 Did it belong on this list: 2/5

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

There's something about this album that makes me think of one of the best, if not THE best 80's movie, Brazil. s. I imagine that this must be one of those albums that was right for it's time, but out of place in any other. Released in 1984, Communism was on high, the Berlin wall was still a thing, Gordon Gekko / Michael Milken was selling junk bonds on Wall Street and we were in the middle of the Reagan years. Perhaps it's the Reagan connection, but the word 'bureaucracy' is a good descriptor word for A Walk Across the Rooftops. There's a lot of busy work here, but you never get anywhere with this album. It's like you keep jumping through hoops because you're programed to think 'if I just listen a little more I'm sure I'll find something interesting.' This album I'm sure was considered intellectual and avant garde when it was released. It's just oozing with the 'you're not smart enough to understand this music' vibe, but I don't think there's much here to consider. The underlying music is incredibly repetitive, I found myself wondering if maybe some of this was repurposed for use in Roblox games, and the singing doesn't contribute much. Sometimes his voice sounds like he's either yawning while singing or taking their last breath before dying and neither are dramatic. I haven't seen Brazil in probably 30+ years, but I suddenly want to rewatch in hopes that it hasn't aged as much as this album.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
1

The Blue Who? I was dreading another very dated 80s album filled with synth. Turned out it was worse than that. "A Walk Across the Rooftops" did provide some brief glimpses of hope, with the incorporation of real piano and real strings, along with a funky baseline. But then came "Tinseltown in the Rain," which might be my least favorite song of this experiment so far. After tight 2 minute songs from Loretta Lynn the other day, the 5-6 minute songs here were agonizingly long. It's possible have good longer songs, that are dynamic and shift and change throughout. That's not what this was. They just droned on. And on.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

This is just amazing… so much emotion and feel. It’s a lesson in less-is-more…. Just a wonderfully crafted album from start to finish!

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

Actually pretty enjoyable and I didn't immediately recognize the artist, but it sounds so familiar! Such a smooth voice. 4.5

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Awesome ambiance music I really did not expect it and loved it

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Everything good from the 80s IMO

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Post New Wave, synth Soul, obra despojada de adornos. Hija de su tiempo suena sin embargo atemporal, para nada envejecida y muy actual. Se alarga en desarrollos. Muy bueno.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Short and sweet. Totally my shit.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

real good

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

theatrical, brooding synth with sophisticated instrumentation and the ghost of Japanese citypop. Montages of a morose rainy walk around NYC. Excellent album for those pained with wistful nostalgia

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Very complex and artsy arrangements Sometimes sparse instrumentation Can be quite atmospheric and lo-fi "Easter Parade" features a beautiful piano melody

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Never heard of this genre before, but I absolutely love this album. Has such a nice ambience to it. Especially enjoying ''Heatwave''

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Brilliant...I really enjoyed listening to it.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Super je ovo četiri će dobit samo zato što je hats remek djelo. Ma kvrgu ipak pet. Ovo je definitivno najbolji sophisti pop

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

Loved this from start to finish. Right up my sonic street.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

Looooved this. So moody and beautiful

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

I feel like taking part in this project has changed my Spotify recommendations algorithm to the point where it's started pumping out tracks from albums on the list. Case in point: "Heatwave" by The Blue Nile, which I've definitely heard before, very recently. The album is good though, its percussive soundscape still sounds great and ensures it hasn't dated as badly as music by The Blue Nile's peers. I also assumed they were from downtown New York, not the highlands of Scotland.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

Surprisingly great

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

Love the atmosphere here. Very unique and detailed sound. Headphone ride.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

This was something really unique, I'm not sure how to classify the genre on it. Totally new to me and a welcome find.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Pop dream fun

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Absolutely amazing

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

This is wild. Bridging the gap between 70s Fripp, and 80s Talking Heads off-beat mellow weirdness. Really good, but best for a rainy work day morning.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

it wasn't mediocre, but it wasn't my favorite. i'd never heard of them, and was apprehensive - but ultimately, i enjoyed this one.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

surprisingly loved this album. i'm not huge on synth music, but it had a few banger tracks on it, and it was a cool listen to, very chill.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Like a more calm talking heads. Did not like the beginning of track one and I dreaded the rest. But then I got hooked! Very enjoyable, and I’ll definitely be revisiting.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

NICE 80´S

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

This was a really relaxing listen, I enjoyed most of the songs and felt like I was listening to 80’s soft rock but it was unique enough to stand on its own. Very short and sweet

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Aangename verrassing, al kende ik al wel een paar nummers. Een van mijn all time favourites is Let's go out tonight, maar dat staat op een andere plaat. Later prachtig uitgevoerd door Craig Armstrong en de zanger van The Blue Nile. Gaat dat luisteren! Nu houd ik op met m'n loftuitingen.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Enjoyed this and being introduced to a new genre: ambient soft rock.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Some arresting melodies and lyrical flourishes made this a fascinating listen and I expect it will grow in my estimation on future listens.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

A Walk Across the Rooftops really slowed my day down, as the members of Blue Nile strikes a good balance between sparse arrangements and raw vocals to great effect. The lyrics can be painful and bleak, but A Walk Across the Rooftops never loses steam. It's definitely an album I'll be returning to. Fav Tracks: "Automobile Noise", "A Walk Across The Rooftops" and "Tinseltown in the Rain"

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: A walk across the rooftops, Heatwave

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Some lines are super sticky

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

Was not familiar with this band, but I did recognise the single Tinseltown in the Rain. Pretty good, but did not capture me enough for a top tier rating.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

A fun album, not what I usually listen to, but pleasant background music.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Un mini clàssic per descobrir. Barreja del new pop elegantot i classicista d'uns ABC, amb el synth pop més seriós i fins i tot tocs del pop arty de The The. Cançons com 'Stay' reivindiquen la seva rellevància i tot ell és una obra per continuar recuperant de tant en tant

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

It's like if Frank Sinatra fronted a synth/electronic band. This is a fair assessment and not necessarily a negative critique. It's disarming and quirky. Tinseltown in the Rain though, feels like a lost Peter Gabriel song, and I love it. Stay is another stand out song here. This album is better than it should be.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Jättebra! som ett snäppet mer modernt Talking Heads. Otroligt bra ljud! Älskar den här mixen! Rolig och engagerande!

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

3.5

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

le titre de l'album est particulièrement bien choisi

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Yeah this one was good i like it

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Before this, I hadn't heard of the Blue Nile. This album really surprised me and I gotta say it is one of those albums that really makes you feel an unnamable feeling. I looked it up and that's what "Sophisti-pop" is. Play this album on a rainy day and stare out the window while listening to this album, I dare you. Favorite song: Tinseltown in the Rain

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

popzinho das antiga

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Lots of ear candy here. Was glad to hear a proper synth album. Singers was a little mismatched for the style and these tunes are not as catchy as say Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, pet shop boys. Favorite tracks: tinseltown in the rain, from rags to riches

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Great post punk/new wave sound that I was totally unaware of.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I wasn't sure what to expect from a genre called Sophisti-pop. But I actually really like it. I definitely hear the Peter Gabriel influences and at times I feel a bit of lyrical style similar to Leonard Cohen. At times it can be an overload of Synth tones, but it is a very musically progressive sound that I do enjoy when the overload isn't too much. I think it is one of my favorite synth basses I've heard recently. I was not expecting a song that said automobile noise over and over again but it was honestly kinda good. I think my favorite part of this list is getting to discover new genres and actually enjoy more of them than I would have expected.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Really gorgeous, sparse production and vocals. I can see why this was commissioned to showcase sound systems. I definitely dig it.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Very Peter Gabriel

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Mon May 02 2022
4

Artful and elegant and evocative, has the feel of fully hand-crafted and intensely personal music. The combo of synths and strings is most impressive, really thoughtful textures with the observational lyrics and actorly delivery makes this feel quite a literary record – just a lovely summing up of what it means to be alive. “Automobile Noise” is a particular fave among uniformly strong tracks.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

A cool and atmospheric blend of synths, funk and orchestral sounds. Didn’t keep my attention though and slide into the background after a few tracks.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

J'ai vraiment aimé. J'ai beaucoup de vibe Peter Gabriel Solo et j'adore. 4.5

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

Définitivement à réessayer. Un son très brit et très 80s, mais en même temps très avant-gardiste et avec une personnalité propre.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Timeless sophistopop where so much of the magic is in the spaces. Tinseltown in the🏃‍♀️Rain: perhaps only Richard Hawley's Coles Corner gets close to the same fragile melancholy.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Olipa melankolisen kaunis ja musiikillisesti kiinnostava levy. Nautin! 4/5

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Näiden Hats on upea levy ja niin on näemmä tämäkin. Tosi persoonallinen tunnelma näissä, sitä hyvää kasaria.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Wow this is great, an 80s smash

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Really interesting. Like a Scottish 80s Elbow

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Prima muziek, maar geen uitschieters.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Very pleasant and relaxing. Not too interesting though, but maybe that's because I didn't pay enough attention.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Great album!

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Sun Nov 20 2022
4

Very enjoyable listen. The vocals reminded me of Thom Yorke and David Bowie blended together. Great bass lines and a wide variety of tunes. Overall a pretty sweet album. I'm surprised such a low key album was produced at the height of the new romantic era. Well there you go. I actually just listened to this twice in a row.... Not many of the 1001 have this on the stats list!

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Tue Oct 13 2020
3

Interesting album. Strong atmosphere

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Wed Nov 25 2020
3

A bit like Bowie, but less exciting

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Такое надо слушать, когда на улице дождь

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Todella mielenkiintoinen uusi tuttavuus. Tykkäsin kovasti levyn tunnelmasta ja äänimaailmasta. Biisien laatu ei ihan riitä korkeampaan arvosanaan mutta täytyy pitää tämä nimi mielessä.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Never heard this before, but it was pretty good music. Not too intrusive, but perfect for the early evening.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

This reminded me of the band Talk Talk a lot. Complicated, well-produced pop music. The song structures are something I haven’t really heard before. I like the first half of this record quite a bit. And Hoo boy those basslines. Favorite song: A Walk Across The Rooftops Least favorite song: Easter Parade

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

I liked it for a bit, then the content and execution fell a bit flat. Lyrics are too cheesy for me but it sounds alright.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

I was really hoping to enjoy this, but it ended up feeling more like nothing than I expected. It's intentionally obtuse and repetitive in a way that doesn't bode well for anyone that isn't looking for exactly that. Walk Across the Rooftops is probably the best song off the album, but apparently Tinseltown in the Rain is their most popular song? Kinda weird if you ask me.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Good album. Electronic sounds are great, reminds me of the depressing sounds of New order.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Grand. Seemingly simple but not, sophisticated pop. Almost a 5.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Can't say I loved it, but it seemed unique, and I liked the deadpan moodiness of it, an entanglement of cynicism and beauty. Enough to pique my interest anyway.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Ok. Not bad, but not my favorite. Bass is pretty badass.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

A beautifully picturesque album. Synths are my jam. Tinseltown in the Rain is glorious. Falters in the middle. "Are we rich or are we poor, does it matter anymore?" 6/10

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Too 80s and too ballady for me, but I think the lead singer has a great voice.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

ehhhhhhh, this is a cool defy genre kind of piece, but its just not my vibe. From Rags to Riches is weird and cool. meh just not my style

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Yllätyin positiivisesti. Laulajasta tulee mieleen semmoinen köyhän miehen Roger Daltrey. Biisit nyt ehkä vähän höttöä, mutta taustalla menee. Yllätys2,5->3.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

I quite enjoyed this. Some nice 80s numbers in there. Sounded quite a lot like bands such as Prefab Sprout and Orange Juice...not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

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Sat May 08 2021
3

Tinseltown in the Rain heb ik altijd al een prachtig nummer gevonden, en die sfeer wordt doorgetrokken op dit hele album.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Really liked this. Would go back

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Sat May 08 2021
3

1 nummer kende ik al, dat is een mooie klassieker. De rest viel wat tegen, maar toch prima album

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

A little different but ok

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Interesting but all very similar.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

This was very enjoyable! Sometimes I felt as if the vocals were a bit shadowed by the overbearing instrumentals, but other than that it was perfectly fine.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Great little drifter

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Nothing bad, but nothing great either. Somewhat forgettable really.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

me hizo pensar en la escuela de frankfurt???!?!

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

Nothing stood out to me, only listened to disc 1

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Fri May 07 2021
3

It was cool, although it was a bit of a tough listen. I really like how experimental the album felt. There were a lot of things I've heard, but so much that I haven't heard before. As a result, I feel like I'd listen to it when I'm in a mood for inspiration. What I really found interesting was how jazzy the instrumentals got while keeping this mellow atmosphere, which at times really peaked my interest while at other times, felt challenging. I only saved a few songs that really caught me, I think it was just the singles.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Eh, was okay. seemed generic to me personally.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

I rather like this. Its definitely got some Bowie & Peter Gabriel influence, which could never be a bad thing to me. And I get hits of David Grey’s self-produced White Ladder, which I had on repeat for a while in the 90s. Some of the synth & sequencer sounds are a bit dated. But the sound is complex, the mood is contemplative, and the overall feel is sophisticated w/o being full of itself. I likely would have liked it more had I discovered in in the 80s, but I look forward to giving it some more time to grow on me and analyze it further.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Enjoyed this album. Not as good as pulp. Short listen

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

First track was just musical anxiety, 1/5 Rest of the album was decent enough, 3/5

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

not my thing

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

It was alright,

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

its alright, nothing special though

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Pop agradável

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

A solid 3. Great bass lines in the first few songs, this is a trend that I seem to really like

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Pretty, moody, melancholy songs. A rainy day album. I remember when this album came out. It seemed tonally out of place with what was going on in music at the time, but has aged really well. It sounds rather timeless now. The pace is mostly slow and lingering, which some people will not like. It has elegant, deceptively simple-seeming compositions, full of layered sounds and experimentation with percussion and electronic noise. I've visited this album a few times over the years and it never really clicked with me until today. I enjoyed listening to it. Fave Songs: Heat Wave, Automobile Noise, Tinseltown in the Rain

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

I've always found this a nice but also a bit boring album (some songs and the way of singing remind me of slow Peter Gabriel songs). Hats, the follow-up album is quite a bit better.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

More influence. The album seems to have been lauded for its clean and atmospheric production, perhaps a sign of the digital times creeping forth in an analogue world. One or two tracks stood out. I think the problem with influential albums is that to fully appreciate them, it requires digging into history, to know the context of things at the time the album was released. And that takes time. Ain't nobody got time for that. And sometimes, all the history books in the world just aren't the same as having lived through it in the first place.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

The album is essentially a proof-of-concept, sketches for their later work. What we have is an establishment of The Blue Nile's aesthetic: meticulous, melancholy and songs given space to breathe. However, one can also criticise the mildly haywire arrangements. Also, one can find The Blue Nile generally overproduced and a touch too cold to love. I have spent the evening listening to this and their follow-up, 1989's Hats. Hats is obviously the better album, and I am puzzled as to why it wasn't the book's choice for their Blue Nile album. That said, two Blue Nile albums are a bit too much for one evening. I can grasp the appeal, but I can't concur that The Blue Nile are one of the great forgotten groups of the 1980s.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Vellydende og godt mixet pop rock. Bliver dog lide kedelig i længden og er lige lovlig langson

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

56 A walk across the rooftops - The Blue Nile 7 tracks. I'm surprised I have never heard of them as this was released in 1984. 1st impression is I love the music but not the vocals. Maybe it will grow on me, (it didn't), There are hints, (musically & in the writing), of Deacon Blue, (a compliment), but the vocals just don't fit. Put a different vocalist on this & it could be great, (but isn't). 3/5

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

I adore their followup album, Hats. This one not so much.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

very slow

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Fills the same niche as sleepy-time 80s easy listening Bowie. The vocals are calm and soft, the lyrics are shoe-gazey and poppy. At it's best when it combines these with hard snares and bells. It's hard to get excited about it, but it's not bad and is actively good in some places. Good - Stay, Heatwave. Bad - Tinseltown in Rain Artwork - Sets the mood of the album. The black and off-white suggest a deceptive simplicity. The men are staring at something I can't see, interested in something I can't quite lock down and that is how I feel listening to the album. It feels as if there is a great deal just out of reach from me.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Never heard of this band before - interesting album, happy to listen to it while working

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

The singer sounds a bit like David Byrne, which is good.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

6/10

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

This was a bit of surprise, as I was expecting a regular 80s pop album that I've heard in a hundred different other artists, but it was actually pretty enjoyable! The first track was my favourite with its kind of dreary and dark feel. Throughout the whole album there was a lot of depth and feeling that I really appreciated. There were moments that felt a little repetitive or unexciting, but overall I enjoyed it. I'd probably give this a 3.5 if I could, and a 4 if it was a bit more consistent.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

liked the ambience

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Sat Jan 22 2022
3

I didn't hate it. 2.5/5

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Låter extremt mycket som Peter Gabriel under So-eran. Svag för soundet, men tröttnar lite över en hel platta på dude-försöker-låta-som-Peter-Gabriel-som-försöker-låta-som-Sting-soundet. Kändes som samma låt många gånger! Men det var en bra låt.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Jag gillade det, det hade nåt lite mysigt ultrapretto, som jag kände att jag kunde få nåting av. Speciellt de Långsammare låtarna på andra halvan var tunga. Kommer nog inte gå in i nån form av heavy rotation, men känns som låtar som skulle kunna växa på en

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

2.5/5 I Like the singers voice. Some of the songs are okay, but nothing special. Favourite songs: - A walk across the rooftops - Stay

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Casual strolling high

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Mjög næs örlí 80s.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Smooth instrumentals undone by pretentious lyrics, but I found it pleasant to listen to in the background even so

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

J'ai pas noté de suite du coup j'ai oublié mais y'avait du potentiel je crois.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

Je mets 3 sinon ça fait trop de 4 de suite

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

This was pretty interesting. About as close as you could come to listening to a Peter Gabriel album without listening to a Peter Gabriel album. But at the same time it didn't feel like they were copying him, just definitely influenced by him. 3 stars.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

cara não sei pq mas isso me bateu muito errado música de gente q sofre no apartamento usando heroína, sei la

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

Legal, mas chato. Boa instrumentação, vocais bacanas.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Really funky, uh, pop? Is this pop? Wikipedia tells me it's "sophisti-pop" which sounds both made up and accurate. Almost 4 stars but a bit not quite.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

Not very memorable. 1 or 2 stand out tracks, the rest faded into the background.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

I don't think I'm in the right headspace for this band. I may have to circle back.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

The first listen made me prick up my ears, since I am quite fond of what I know of the synth-art-pop genre. But after a third and fourth listen, is really does not leave a lasting impression. The opening two tracks form the highlight of the album, and it goes a little bit down from there. The melancholy that people seem to like from this album sounds a bit too dreary to me after a while. 3,5*

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Wed May 11 2022
3

This guy has a great voice and the song sound very different from each other.

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Wed May 11 2022
3

2.5 stars

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

Some of the instrumentals are nice, really not a fan of the singer though. Kind of corny

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Quite enjoyed this, felt nice and boppy and fresh. Didn't like the guy's voice much but some of the bass lines were really cool. Can't imagine I'll go back to it but glad I heard it

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

This reminded me of a Bowie style, I enjoyed part of it but hasn't left a huge impression

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

I'm finding it so hard to know what I think about this! I love the opening track I think it's super unusual and interesting and I like the passionate almost wailing in his voice. I have quite the aversion to his voice in the slower songs for some reason maybe it's too whingy? Very mixed feelings.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Meh.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Sasvim dobar album, u nekim dijelovima po glasu i instrumentalu me podsjeća na solo albume Davida Byrnea. Bilo bi ovo dobro po kiši slušati, tak mi se čini.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Uusi tuttavuus. Hyvii kasarihenkisii bassolinjoja! Vaatii uuden kuuntelun mutta tällä erää 3/5

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

A good idea, but way too repetitive.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
3

Хороший синти-поп. Без явных хитов, но с интересным и местами экспериментальным звучанием. Напоминало некоторые альбомы Боуи 6 из 10

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Unusual new wavey stuff, albeit a bit pretentious

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

It was fine. Made me sleepy listening to it. Short album though. Might listen again.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
3

Pretty solid mid-80s album that I'd never heard. Little Talking Heads, little U2, little somthin' unique to them. Kudos, gents.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

5/10. Not bad, but not really for me.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Toffe eenmalige listen

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

This sounds great. If anything, the tracks are a bit samey, but there’s no doubt the band know what they’re doing. Not particularly my cup of tea, but definitely a polished effort.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

My first thought was "I wonder if Natalie knows this band". She was always into cool, niche bands in the 80s, not to mention David Sylvian whose rainy-day albums (my phrase) share a lot in common with the overall vibe as well as the singer's voice on this album. Anyway, sure enough, she did. As for me? I might add it into the David Sylvian rainy-day mix. Just the sort of thing to drift in and out of paying attention to. Mostly the lyrics are artsy and obscure anyway, though the melodies and arrangements are sometimes genuinely engaging. (Mind you, "Heatwave" could be reinterpreted now as a climate crisis song: "Are we rich or are we poor? Does it matter anymore? In a heatwave...")

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Nothing special

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Wait they were cool? Also wait what she seems real? Also wait what is going on at work, I’m not thriving, honeymoon period baybeee

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

3/5. Some goofy ass songs with car noises but the normal songs were alright.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

As I listened to this I thought it's good but something was nagging in the back of my brain and it was on "Heatwave" that it hit me, if the singer had more power and range like Peter Gabriel these songs would have a little less 'sameness' to them...like, all good, nice sound, and the lead singer's voice is nice but there seems to be no pushing past a same singing range.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

I completely missed this at the time. Music was so much more regional at the time. I enjoyed the overall sound here, synthpop with actual guitars being played as well. Stay was my favourite track.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Very 80s, kinda slow but not too bad

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Surprised by this one, got some real Animal Collective vibes. Ended up enjoying it for the most part but probably won't revisit.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

I really did not like this very much - that however does not mean that it is bad, just that it is far from my taste in music. I actually have doubts as to whether it is music at all, given that I understand rhythm as an essential component to all music. This has no rhythm, it is a collection of sounds generated according to some kind of internal logic and with very definite time signatures - it is creating a soundscape certainly but I am not sure that I would call it music. Having said all that I can appreciate that there is something here that some people will like. It appears to be well produced and competently performed

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Felt like this was a pretty good pop album from the 80s. The Scottish band had similar sounds to U2. The synths and instrumentals did seem a bit dated but the singer and song style makes this not feel too old. The singer has a way of making the songs seem relatable. I could listen to this album again. 6.8/10

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

The further you get from that diabolical "Rooftops" song, the better it gets. "Stay" has a nice groove, while "Easter Parade" sounds like a Tom Waits song, sweet and melancholic. Then it loses steam when it gets to "Automobile Noise." It should be renamed Dull Noise. A couple of four star songs drag third album into three star territory. Just.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

It was fine.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

The lead singer catches your attention early. He's like a cross between an angry and desperate Frank Sinatra and Peter Gabriel. The production is also interesting, with a bank of synths creating a faux-string section that takes center stage and a guitar that’s hardly ever heard. Not very 80s. Some of the more sparse and gloomy songs remind me of Peter Gabriel’s Security Album. The song-writing falls short of the innovative production.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

That's an interesting and quite original album on this list. The Blue Nile made an unusual choice of creating a record almost fully with synthesizers, but still keeping the tone of the early 80s post-punk and alternative group. Instrumentally, every two songs are really different from each other - the band uses a lot of gimmicks and methods to bend the sounds in new way to their will. There is a big "but" however, in this case it's about the vocalist, whose voice and style of singing is so phlegmatic, I just couldn't do it longer than a song at a time. It really brings the whole experience down to the level, where I am not even interested in giving it another chance. I'll give it a 3/5, but only because I actually like the instrumental parts.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Lyrical nonsense, music was okay, pretty forgettable, not sure I'd ever listen again but it was pleasant enough

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

It was just ok.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Shades of Let's Dance era Bowie, I'm guessing some of the curators of this list might have been Gen X with Scottish heritage.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Competently played and occasionally lively, but a bit too cold and sterile to be truly enjoyable. “Tinseltown in the Rain” is the obvious standout.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Not my jam.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
2

false

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Apparently forgettable

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Hard to get into that one although I loved that base right at the start of the album.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Absolutely not in the right mood for this. Hungover, hot, busy, traffic. The strings were nice and I can see how it would have made an impact in the late 80’s, but it just wasn’t for me today.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

80s pop. Seemed fine. Didn't grab me. A bit low tempo and one-paced.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
2

OK 80's arty-pop. Some nice melodies and tunes but the singer sounds like an out of tune Peter Gabriel.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

Relic of the 80s which tbh should stay there. Pretty pedestrian and dry

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

All a bit meh

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

Didn't hate it, but quite a challenging listen. 5/10

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Ei vastenmielistä kuunneltavaa, mutta ei tästä oikein jäänyt mitään käteen.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

2.5 if I could

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Never understood the fuss around The Blue Nile.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Meh

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Ekassa kappaleessa heräsi mielenkiinto erityisesti erottuvan bassottelun kautta, mutta jotenkin sen jälkeen tasaista puuroa. Ihan kiva mutta ei tarttunut eväitä Jarkan biisilaukkuun.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
2

The eponymous leadoff track for this album was originally conceived by an electronics company to demonstrate the capabilities of their new recording console, but after the fact, it was deemed successful enough to justify commissioning an entire album in the same style. They weren't wrong. It turns out the strategy of purposely including a wide range of dynamics and timbres with lots of space results in fairly listenable music. It helps that there are no truly ugly synths here, and a decent variety of instrumentation. Okay, I spoke too soon. The further along in the album you go, the uglier the synths and drum machines get. But the weakest link here is the songwriting. The melodies and compositions are bland and instantly forgettable at best, and at worst are actively unpleasant. Still, A Walk Across The Rooftops is conceptually interesting and considering it came out in 1984, one of the nadirs of popular music, it could have been a lot worse.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

nije moja SOLJA CAJA

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Deece.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

War da was? Okay, 2-3 Lieder fangen an, wie ein The Police Song. Nur leider singt dann kein Sting.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Dreary pop

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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

It was ok

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Thu May 13 2021
2

Nooit van gehoord. Nummer 1 en 2 zijn goed, 4 ok en de rest matig. De kwaliteit van de nummers is niet hoog genoeg om op deze lijst voor te komen.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Too ambient and dreamy for me, reminded me of Bowie b-sides.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Did nothing for me

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Nah. Couldn’t get into it.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

This is a bit of a chore to get through. I can kind of understand why it might be on the list. It's an interesting sound... very 80's sounding to my ears... but from what little I read about this album it might have pioneered this sound. So it was definitely influential. Interesting, but not something I necessarily enjoyed or would revisit.

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