Peace at Last (The Blue Nile album)

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Peace at Last
Studio album by The Blue Nile
Released 10 June 1996
Genre Adult alternative, sophisti-pop
Length 44:53
Label Warner Bros.
Producer The Blue Nile
The Blue Nile chronology
Hats
(1989)
Peace at Last
(1996)
High
(2004)
Singles from Peace at Last
  1. "Happiness"
    Released: September 1996
Music sample
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Q 5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Peace at Last is the third album from Glasgow-based pop group The Blue Nile, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music) via Warner Bros. Records.

Background[edit]

The Blue Nile's follow-up to 1989's Hats was a considerable musical departure. Unlike the prior two albums, which featured electronic instrumentation almost exclusively, the new record was primarily driven by Paul Buchanan's acoustic guitar. Even a gospel choir made a brief appearance on the lead single, "Happiness". Despite being on a major label, Peace at Last sold poorly, and critical reaction to it was mixed. However, the album does include the heartbreaking song "Family Life" which many Blue Nile aficionados consider to be among their greatest tracks.

Following the reissue of their first two albums in 2012 as 2-CD deluxe editions, Peace at Last was also reissued in a similar 2-CD version on 3 March 2014.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Buchanan, except where noted.

  1. "Happiness" – 4:39
  2. "Tomorrow Morning" – 4:15
  3. "Sentimental Man" – 5:05
  4. "Love Came Down" – 3:35
  5. "Body and Soul" – 5:16
  6. "Holy Love" – 2:42
  7. "Family Life" – 5:21
  8. "War Is Love" – 3:33
  9. "God Bless You Kid" (Robert Bell, Buchanan) – 4:56
  10. "Soon" – 5:27

2014 Remastered Collector's Edition CD bonus disc[edit]

  1. "Soon" (Laurel Canyon Mix) – 5:30
  2. "War Is Love" (New Vocal Mix) – 4:46
  3. "Turn Yourself Around" (Bell, Buchanan) – 4:46
  4. "Holy Love" (Picture Mix) – 4:03
  5. "A Certain Kind of Angel" (Bell, Buchanan) (unreleased demo) – 5:06
  6. "There Was a Girl" – 5:28

Personnel[edit]

The Blue Nile:

Additional musicians:

Technical:

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom & Europe 10 June 1996 Warner Bros. LP 9362-45848-1
cassette 9362-45848-4
CD 9362-45848-2
United States 11 June 1996 LP 45848-1
CD 45848-2
Canada CDW 45848
United Kingdom & Europe 3 March 2014 Virgin/Universal remastered 2-CD set LKHCDR 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. The Blue Nile – Peace at Last > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  2. ^ Maconie, Stuart (July 1996). "Review: The Blue Nile – Peace at Last". Q (London, England: EMAP Metro Ltd) (118): 117. 
  3. ^ Diehl, Matt (2 February 1998). "Review: The Blue Nile – Peace at Last". Rolling Stone (New York City, USA: Jann Wenner). Retrieved 26 August 2009. 

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