My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: A Walk Across the Rooftops is debut album by Scottish band The Blue Nile. The album was recorded during the period of 1981-1983 and was released in April 1984.
What I think: This album really reminds of Lexicon of Love in some ways. Singer Paul Buchanan has a very open lounge was of expressing himself and like that ABC album it really bothers me, especially to start the album. It’s like a synthpop version of Emo. Is that what the New Romantic movement was about?
I do, however, like the spare instrumentation contained throughout. There is so much space between the synth parts, bass, and drums that there are repeated brief moments of silence. It’s really sort of refreshing.
So, I’m a bit on the fence with this one, it’s sort of ok and the only songs that are completely enjoyable to me are “Stay”, which is a typical synthpop ballad and “Heatwave” which finds Buchanan stretching his vocals a bit in a David Byrne fashion.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I like the idea that an album which is sort of obscure and hasn’t sold a lot being featured in this book, those hidden gems are what I look for. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is one of them.
Rating (Out of 5) 1.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (403/529)