‘EI8HT’ by Nik Kershaw

Rating: ★★★☆☆

His musical career began in 1983 with his debut album Human Racing and took to the charts by storm with hits ‘Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Good’. Nik Kershaw’s career went global, with his following albums taking similar success. In 1990, his first four albums had taken him to over 8 million sales, before he left the spotlight and headed into song writing and producing where he had the opportunity to work alongside Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating, Elton John and Colin Blunstone. In ’98, he began working on his next few titles – including 15 Minutes, To Be Frank and his last studio album You’ve Got To Laugh, which was released in 2006. He also released an acoustic album titled No Frills in 2010. He returned after six years with his eighth studio album, EI8HT.

Opening with These Tears,

“I never sit down and decide to make an album. A few tunes and words get inside my head and torment me until I give them a voice. It’s not like I have a choice, the songs just demand to be written. When the ideas run out, the album’s finished, simple as that!”

It has a definite rock atmosphere with an almost alternate twist with a funky underlying bass line to compliment the guitar and vocal parts. It’s got extremely catchy lyrics – as do most of his previous hits from his massive musical career. It’s the same in the following song, The Sky’s The Limit.

Runway took me by surprise, and perhaps might become a favourite after a longer time but unfortunately the verses are too empty for me – feeling like there is something missing. Sadly, it continues like this throughout the remainder of the album. With glimmers of excitement, it is mostly old fashioned but will appeal to those with an appreciation for his music – as I know it has already been welcomed by others.

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