NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - NIK KERSHAW "THE RIDDLE"
This album was Nik's second release and was a much more polished and mature sound. It reached number 8 on the UK chart. 3 singles were plucked from this set, the first, the title track, reached number 3 in the UK chart. In a medium paced tune a little like "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down" on me with its Electronica sound and catchy chorus with military style marching band towards the end. The lyrics caused much puzzlement and had everybody wondering what the "riddle" was, trying desperately to figure it all out to no avail. Nik let this go on for a while before saying they were just a "guide vocal" and a bit of nonsense, random lyric. A very memorable song right from the intro. The second single, "Wide Boy" was more a Pop Rock song with a mix of guitars and synths, very New Wave sounding. Reaching number 9 it was Nik's 6th successive top 20 single in the UK. An almost funky track and one of my favourites. The final single from the album also was the last of his consecutive top 20 hits, "Don Quixote" reached number 10. Like a Pop/Funk/Disco crossover, the song again had a very catchy chorus and brass-like accompaniment. This is for me the finest of Nik's albums.