The Riddle (album)
|Studio album by Nik Kershaw|
|Released||19 November 1984|
|Nik Kershaw chronology|
|Singles from The Riddle|
The Riddle is the second solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw. It was released in November 1984 on MCA Records. The album peaked at #8 on the UK Album Chart and was certified Platinum by the BPI.
The album spawned three singles. The lead single was "The Riddle", which peaked at #3 in the UK and was a commercial hit across Europe. "Wide Boy" was the second single and peaked at #9 in the UK, whilst the third and final single release "Don Quixote" peaked at #10 in the UK.
The album cover was shot on Chesil Beach in Dorset. On the back sleeve of the album, the Isle of Portland is seen in the background. Additionally, the single release of the title song "The Riddle" used the same image of Kershaw on the beach, whilst the back sleeve featured a photograph of Kershaw reading a map, standing at Portland Bill. The Trinity House Obelisk is highlighted in the photo.
Smash Hits magazine gave the album a mostly positive review calling it "a commendable offering from the thinking man's Limahl". Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Scott Bultman wrote of the album "Kershaw's second album finally garnered some deserved attention. The rest is his unique style of well-crafted synth-pop."
All songs written and composed by Nik Kershaw
- "Don Quixote" – 4:55
- "Know How" – 4:52
- "You Might" – 3:17
- "Wild Horses" – 3:59
- "Easy" – 4:13
- "The Riddle" – 3:52
- "City of Angels" – 3:56
- "Roses" – 3:58
- "Wide Boy" – 3:28
- "Save the Whale" – 6:02
|Bonus tracks on 2012 release|
On 24 December 2012, Kershaw revealed that he was working with Universal on a remastered version of The Riddle for release in 2013. This will be of a similar format to the 2012 double-CD re-release of his debut album.
On 20 June 2013, the full track listing was released. As with the Human Racing re-release, the first disc contains the original album, while the second disc contains remixes, B-sides and live tracks. The album will be re-released on 12 August 2013.
The track listing of the second disc is:
The website "Super Deluxe Edition" noted that the second disc had some notable absences, specifically "Progress (Live)", which was the B-side of "The Riddle", an extended mix of "Wild Horses", which had been on the 12" version of "When A Heart Beats", and the single edits of "Wide Boy" and "Don Quixote". Kershaw defended the omissions, calling "Progress" "...a dodgy performance of a mediocre song, badly recorded". Of the "Wild Horses" extended mix, he commented:
He also noted that his choice of material was limited as master copies of certain items had gone missing in the intervening years.
|Canadian Albums Chart||45||18|
|German Albums Chart||12||?|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||8||33|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||5||17|
|Swedish Albums Chart||11||7|
|Swiss Albums Chart||23||7|
|UK Albums Chart||8||36|
|U.S. Billboard 200||113||10|
Studio Sessions Credits
- Nik Kershaw - Vocals, vocal percussion, guitars, bass and keyboards
- Tim Moore - Keyboards (and acoustic piano on "So Quiet" (2013 re-release only))
- Andy Richards - Keyboards
- Paul (Wix) Wickens: Fairlight and DMX programming
- Dennis Smith - Bass
- Charlie Morgan - Drums
- Pandit Dinesh - Percussion
- Stuart Curtis and Dave Land - Horns
- Sheri Kershaw - Backing Vocals (and lead vocal on "Don't Lie" (2013 re-release only))
- Don Snow - Backing Vocals
- Mark King - Special guest bass on "Easy"
- Produced by Peter Collins
- Engineered by Julian Mendelsohn
- Assisted by Dave Meegan
- Recorded and mixed at Sarm East, Sarm West
Live Credits (2013 re-release)
- Nik Kershaw - Vocals, guitar and keyboards
- Keith Airey - Guitar, keyboards and backing vocals
- Tim Moore - Keyboards and backing vocals
- Dennis Smith - Bass
- Gary Wallis - Percussion
- Mark Price - Drums
- Mastered by Greg Fulginiti US
- The Riddle #3
- B-side - Progress (live)
- Wide Boy #9
- B-side - So Quiet
- Don Quixote #10
- B-side - Don't Lie
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- Allmusic review
- "Nik Kershaw - The Riddle". Džuboks (in Serbian) (Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine) (194 (second series)): 14.
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