Mid Air - Paul Buchanan
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  • Summary: The Blue Nile frontman's debut solo album is his first record in eight years.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 30, 2013
    100
    The 36 minutes of Mid Air [is] a masterpiece.
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    90
    Mid Air amounts to 14 enigmatic variations on this mood, just piano, voice, the occasional pale moonbeam of orchestration, which miraculously never feels monotonous or morose.
  3. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    Many Blue Nile classics whispered their way to five minutes without outstaying their welcome, and there's plenty here that could have done the same. It's a minor quibble, however, when an album sounds as lovingly crafted, honest and subtly passionate as this.
  4. 80
    Don't leave") and humbles him on "Two Children" ("Watch as I fall down to my knees"). The former frontman of U.K. darlings The Blue Nile isn't well-known in the States, and who knows if he'll ever get his due here--he's already 56. But with Mid Air, he's certainly given himself a shot
  5. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    On Mid Air Buchanan has consoled us with signature world-weary comfort and has done so finely.
  6. Jan 30, 2013
    80
    A 2am album of sheer, devastating beauty. [Jun 2012, p.86]
  7. Jan 30, 2013
    60
    There are certainly times when a bit more instrumentation (a cello, some percolating percussion, a lyrical guitar solo) would have enhanced the presentation.

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