The Blue Nile

Formed 1981.
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The Blue Nile are a musical group from Glasgow, Scotland. The group's early music was built heavily on synthesizers and electronic instrumentation and percussion, although later works featured guitar more prominently. Following early championing by established artists such as Rickie Lee Jones and Peter Gabriel (both of whom the band later worked with), the Blue Nile gained critical acclaim, particularly for their first two albums A Walk Across the Rooftops and Hats, and some commercial success in both the UK and the US, which led to the band working with a wide range of musicians from the late 1980s onwards. The band members have also gained a reputation for their avoidance of publicity, their idiosynchratic dealings with the recording industry, and their perfectionism and slow work rate which has resulted in the release of just four albums since the group's formation in 1981. The group appears to have disbanded since the release of their fourth album High in 2004, although there has never been any official confirmation that this is fact.

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  1. Review of A Walk Across the Rooftops: Collector’s Edition

    A Walk Across the Rooftops: Collector’s Edition 2012

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Both everymen and angels, The Blue Nile didn’t sound or function like any normal band.
  2. Review of High

    High 2004

    Reviewed by Michael Fitzsimmons
    ...manages to maintain the Blue Nile's impeccably tasteful standards while soaring...
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