Album Reviews of the 80s

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The Blue Nile, "A Walk Across the Rooftops" / 1984 Review by: Mr. Media
This is the problem that I encounter when listening to musical acts: very few can equal the fluidity of their first records. Something is caught, the unexpectedness, that turns into the routine on following recordings. Or the first recording is so strong that it is inconceivable to follow it up. I now know why bands like DNA, The Lover Speaks, The Sex Pistols, and Television all broke up. The first recordings are special and shouldn't be duplicated. The same problem happened to the Blue Nile with their debut "A Walk Across the Rooftops". The urban landscapes in Paul Buchanan's lyrics play off of the subdued synthesizers and thick bass. It creates a unique brand of blue-eyed soul. Every track has that feeling of looking at something beautiful only to realize that you will never have it. And the band had that realization after this stunning effort. They secluded themselves away from the world for years at a time and went to extremes just to consciously avoid the unconscious beauty of this record.

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