"NORTH OF A MIRACLE"
WHEN IT STARTED TO BEGIN - The opening track is an orchestral based, breezy Pop song, similar to Nick's former band Haircut 100 but more accomplished in style.
BLUE HAT FOR A BLUE DAY - One of my favourite 80s songs not just by Nick. A minimal, melodious Pop ballad, with a memorable chorus and great lyrics proving Nick was a very underrated songwriter and possibly still is. Lovely song.
TWO MAKE IT TRUE - A track with a slight Country twang interspersed with some bright jazzy Pop. Another great tune.
ON A SUNDAY - Reminds me a little of The Police and Men At Work with a little of The Cars, almost Reggae Pop Rock. Sophisticated and classy.
CLUB BOY AT SEA - Lots of different orchestral and effects but this is probably my least favourite on the album, its a slow tempo kind of Pop ballad. On such a great debut album this is probably my filler.
WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND - A simply brilliant Pop ballad, its lush backing and the atsmospheric chorus make it a gem. The song for me that proved that Nick could write intelligent and emotive songs. Brilliant production and one of my alltime favourite 80s songs.
TAKE THAT SITUATION - This funky, jazzy Pop foot tapper is another gem from the Heyward catalogue. The pulsating guitars and jazzy almost R n B backing works majestically with the lyrics.
THE KICK OF LOVE - Experimental Jazz Pop, has a little of everything and is more like a band jam. Interesting if not at first listen, memorable like the other tracks here.
THE DAY IT RAINED FOREVER - An eerie, sombre, melancholic track with a minimal quiet backing allowing Nick to the fore exploring his vocals. Sounds great in headphones.
ATLANTIC MONDAY - An effervescent Funk Jazz Pop workout to finish a fine debut album in style. Complete with Gospel backing vocals and various brass solos. Awesome.