The Blue Nile is a band that sounds familiar in name, but I could not name one song so it is possible that I have never heard their music. Their debut album A Walk Across The Rooftops was released in 1984 according to everything, except for the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. I have zero faith in this book now. Unfortunately, I cannot stop now because I am more than half way done. I should have done a bit more research before I used this totally inaccurate book. I also found out that the book is edited by an English writer and editor. That explains why it leans so heavily on English bands. I love English music, but let us be honest that this book omits a lot of other artists who should be in it from the US, which were influential on music. Where is Donna Summer and Missing Persons? I hope to see some Australians in it too.
This album drew me in from the first song “A Walk Across the Rooftops” to the sadness of “Easter Parade” to the end of “Automobile Noise“.
Overall, where have you been all my life. How did I miss this album? The music is oddly beautiful and depressing. Paul Buchanan‘s vocals are hauntingly sad. If I had heard this in the 80s it would have been the soundtrack to my 80s. 10/10.