THE BLUE NILE ‘High’

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High, the fourth and most recent album by Scottish trio the Blue Nile, is the latest release in their ongoing reissue series. Remastered with their longtime collaborator Calum Malcolm, the album will be released on vinyl for the first time ever. It will also be available as a 2xCD set with four bonus tracks & a couple of remixes.

At the time of it’s initial release critics wrote .. The Guardian.”In pop, most people do their best work within five or six years. How extraordinary, then, that after more than two decades of activity, the Blue Nile remain on course, their range expanded, their focus more refined, unshaken in their determination to proceed at their own measured pace.” MusicOMH said “High is proof that they may have been away for a while, but they certainly haven’t lost their touch …  … Buchanan’s vocals are what raises most of the songs to another level—sometimes a gentle whisper, at other times an anguished cry, it’s one of the great, if less celebrated voices in modern music. They may only appear at around the same frequency as Halley’s Comet but it’s records like High that remind you why The Blue Nile are so highly regarded.”[9] BBC Music said “High manages to maintain the Blue Nile’s impeccably tasteful standards while soaring blissfully over the rattle and hum of most contemporary music. Paul Buchanan still sings his songs of faded love affairs, broken dreams and squandered ambitions with almost painful emotional candor, while the musical backings are as lush and flowing as ever … There are many recognizable Blue Nile motifs throughout—the imagery of rain, railway stations, traffic and rooftops will certainly be familiar—and the tempo barely rises above a stately shuffle, which for some might seem a missed opportunity for stylistic innovation. However, for those of us who’ve cherished the band’s previous albums, High is like meeting a new friend, albeit one possessing a reassuring familiarity.”[10]