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2012 18 Mai

Paul Buchanan: Mid Air (reviews and interviews)

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | Comments off

There has been some great reviews in for the album already. We’ve posted a selection of the reviews on the website below some quotes from the reviews

Mojo & Uncut

Time Out

Uncut 9/10 – „Scotland’s greatest living singer

Sunday Express 4/5 – „14 short pieces are melodic, beautifully crafted and definitely not for the broken hearted

Time Out 4/5 (Album of the Week) – „exquisitely hushed and extraordinarily intimate listen

Mojo 4/5 – „A 2am album of sheer devastating beauty“



The Sunday Times and Guardian ran 2 interviews with Paul last weekend that are also available to read on Paul’s website.

The Sunday Times

The Guardian


There is also a great interview with The Works on RTE in Ireland. (Here is a YouTube link for those who can’t view the RTE link –



Finally, Paul has 2 radio appearances this weekend. Firstly there will be an interview on the Tom Robinson show on BBC 6 Music at 21:00 on Saturday ( He will then be appearing on Bob Harris’s Radio 2 show on in the early hours of Sunday morning.


For further interviews, go to:

or, read this one from Chris Roberts, BBC:

The Blue Nile never sold lorry-loads of albums, but for converts to their unique fusion of romantic melancholy and robust hope they remain one of the finest, most quietly righteous bands of all time. The Glasgow trio who floated effacingly onto no scene in particular in the mid-80s have parted, and singer Paul Buchanan, now 56, releases his solo debut. It’s unconscionably beautiful, and may be the most moving, precious record of 2012.

Sparse in texture, it yields an almost-overwhelming emotional kick, best received in the wee small hours. Buchanan carries the torch of Sinatra’s sensitive-masculine phrasing like no other. His wilfully imperfect vocals defy pat resolutions, hanging in the air like smoke plumes. It’s about the notes he leaves out, the spaces between, which, regarding loss, heartbreak and the yearning for beauty, say it all.

It’s mostly just voice and piano, with simple, effective melodies knowingly offering glimpses and echoes of earlier peaks. On My True Country, he sings „far above the chimney tops / take me where the bus don’t stop,“ channelling the essence of his former band’s A Walk Across the Rooftops. The lyrics throughout breathe fresh life into time-honoured imagery: snow, starlight, sky. „I want to live forever,“ he sings on the title-track, „and watch you dancing in the air.“

Part eulogy (for a friend who died), part celebration of peripheral moments which inform the everyday with flecks of epiphany, the songs (titles like Half the World, Wedding Party and Summer’s on Its Way are as evocative as the work of Edward Hopper) bleed into a poised, tingling whole. Fin de Siecle is a gorgeous Nyman-esque instrumental, but this voice can sing „the cars are in the garden now“ over and over and leave you marvelling at its poetic accuracy. On the closing After Dark he offers, „Life goes by and you learn / How to watch your bridges burn,“ and gently brooks no argument. Louis MacNeice famously used the phrase „time was away and somewhere else“ to describe the feeling of love. It equally well describes the 36 minutes of Mid Air, a masterpiece.

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