80s teen idol Nik Kershaw first appeared on the music scene back on 1984 when his single "Wouldn't It Be Good," hit number five in the U.K. A series of hit singles followed including the re-release of “I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" in the summer of 1984 which charted at number two. Nik firmly established himself as a fine musician, excellent singer, a talented songwriter and actually spent 50 weeks on the UK Singles Chart in 1984 beating all other soloists!
After taking a 9 year break throughout the 90s to pen songs for other successful artists. He finally returned to recording his own songs in 1998 continuing to release his own albums ever since and on 6th August 2012 will release his eighth studio album aptly titled ‘EI8HT’; his first studio album since ‘You’ve Got To Laugh’ in 2006.
This new album is an outstanding collection of diverse songs and sounds, a melodic and poetic journey from the track ‘Runaway’; a beautiful lyrical masterpiece, one that tugs at your heart strings to the more rocky sounding ‘You’re The Best’ with a chorus that certainly sticks in your head, it will take you on a rollercoaster ride as you try and determine its genre (hint: DON’T TRY). A creative achievement with the firm stamp of the ‘Nik Kershaw’ sound throughout.
This well-crafted body of work will have you hooked from the very first lines in ‘These Tears’, a record that delivers intellectual pop songs with catchy choruses to soulful and more emotionally charged tunes as well as giving us some stunning vocals, strong rhythm’s, a few 80s synth pop beats and fantastic guitar riffs.
The first single off the album will be ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ which is definitely a grower, a beautiful song that inspires and shows why Nik is such a master of his craft.
FAVOURITE TRACKS OFF ALBUM:
Red Strand: A piano driven introduction with an almost Celtic melody throughout. A lyrical work of art with an ethereal beauty about it, one that may bring a tear or two.
The Bell: A soft sounding melody that lifts you to a higher level along with a haunting chorus that can’t be ignored. Lyrics that strike a chord.
VERDICT: A brilliant, intelligent album from Nik Kershaw and one that deserves to be a huge hit. A truthful voice that sings from the heart, something that shines through on every song. A mature album and all the better for it.