NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - NICK HEYWARD "NORTH OF A MIRACLE"
Back to this album, it reached number 10 in the UK charts and spawned four singles. The first, the aforementioned "Whistle Down The Wind" was one of my favourite singles of 1983, reached number 13 here and it even gave Nick his one and only top 20 hit in the United States. The song showed a more mature composition from Nick, his vocals suiting the light, lilting ballad. It was released in March and had that Springtime air to it, a great chorus and just a brilliantly crafted song. The next single was "Take That Situation" was a great Jazz Blues type Pop song, similar to Haircut 100 but a lot more polished. Lots of brass accompaniment and giving it a real uptempo blast. It reached number 11, which was a suprise as I felt "Whistle Down The Wind" was much better. Before the album was released Nick released a third single, "Blue Hat For A Blue Day" which reached 14 on the chart. A really beautiful ballad, gliding along seamlessly between pure Pop and a little bit of soul! "On A Sunday" was released after the album so maybe that is why its chart position was only 52, everyone I guess already has this song. This was an unusual song but one of my favourites, its Pop Rock style reminds me of very early INXS and The Cars. Proving that Nick could turn his hand to any style if he so wished.