North of a Miracle

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All Music Guide - Michael Sutton
One track already makes Nick Heyward's first solo LP after leaving Haircut 100 a must-hear. The breezy "Whistle Down the Wind" is among Heyward's most moving songs, a story of unrequited love with a "hello, hello, hope you're feeling fine" chorus that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Heyward sings the opening lines in a whispery tone, caressing the ears with the sweetness of his voice; when the tempo builds up, the track manages to simultaneously elevate and sadden the listener. "Whistle Down the Wind" is lush, hopelessly romantic pop that may have been too subtle for Top 40 radio in 1983. Although North of a Miracle doesn't strike those highs again, it's still ...
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All Music Guide - Michael Sutton
One track already makes Nick Heyward's first solo LP after leaving Haircut 100 a must-hear. The breezy "Whistle Down the Wind" is among Heyward's most moving songs, a story of unrequited love with a "hello, hello, hope you're feeling fine" chorus that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Heyward sings the opening lines in a whispery tone, caressing the ears with the sweetness of his voice; when the tempo builds up, the track manages to simultaneously elevate and sadden the listener. "Whistle Down the Wind" is lush, hopelessly romantic pop that may have been too subtle for Top 40 radio in 1983. Although North of a Miracle doesn't strike those highs again, it's still just as charming and catchy as Heyward's finest Haircut 100 work. "When It Started to Begin" sounds a lot like Haircut 100, especially the chirpy horns, but much of North of a Miracle is more mature and introspective. "Blue Hat for a Blue Day" speaks of divorce with a deceptively cheerful beat, while the atmospheric "The Day It Rained Forever" is a wintry ballad with a palpable depth of emotion. Like the Colourfield's Virgins & Philistines, North of a Miracle doesn't seem like a '80s record; its apparent influences -- the Beatles, the Walker Brothers, jazz, R&B -- are as timeless as the album. Anybody expecting a boyish romp like Haircut 100's "Love Plus One" might be a tad startled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/2009
  • Label: American Beat
  • UPC: 617742701920
  • Catalog Number: 7019

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nick Heyward Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Nieve Organ, Piano
Tim Renwick Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Andrew Powell Conductor
Brian Bascoigne Piano
Pete Beachill Trombone
Stuart Brooks Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Brian Gascoigne Piano
Janet Laws Guitar
Bill Le Sage Piano, Track Performer
Tony Maronie Percussion, Bongos
Dave Mattacks Drums
Pino Palladino Bass, Bass Guitar
Morris Pert Percussion, Marimbas
Danny Schogger Organ, Piano, Accordion
Andrew Brown Bass Guitar
Andi Brown Bass
Chris White Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Brown Bass
Ian Laws Guitar
Technical Credits
Nick Heyward Producer, Brass Arrangment
Andrew Powell Adaptation, Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Buckmaster String Arrangements
Geoff Emerick Producer, Engineer
David Botterell Management
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