The Riddle (album)

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The Riddle
Studio album by Nik Kershaw
Released 10 November 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 42:32
Label MCA
Producer Peter Collins
Nik Kershaw chronology
Human Racing
(1984)
The Riddle
(1984)
Radio Musicola
(1986)
Singles from The Riddle
  1. "The Riddle"
    Released: November 1984
  2. "Wide Boy"
    Released: March 1985
  3. "Don Quixote"
    Released: August 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Džuboks (Favorable) [2]

The Riddle is the second solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Nik Kershaw. It was released in late 1984, on MCA Records.

The album spawned three singles. The leading release was "The Riddle", which was a commercial hit across Europe, whilst peaking at #3 in the UK. "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.[3][4]

Cover artwork[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Nik Kershaw

  1. "Don Quixote" – 4:55
  2. "Know How" – 4:52
  3. "You Might" – 3:17
  4. "Wild Horses" – 3:59
  5. "Easy" – 4:13
  6. "The Riddle" – 3:52
  7. "City of Angels" – 3:56
  8. "Roses" – 3:58
  9. "Wide Boy" – 3:28
  10. "Save the Whale" – 6:02

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Canadian Albums Chart[13] 45 18
German Albums Chart[14] 12 ?
New Zealand Albums Chart[15] 8 33
Norwegian Albums Chart[16] 5 17
Swedish Albums Chart[17] 11 7
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 23 7
UK Albums Chart[19] 8 36
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 113 10

Credits[edit]

Studio Sessions Credits[21]

  • 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"

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

Singles[edit]

  • The Riddle #3
    • B-side - Progress (live)
  • Wide Boy #9
    • B-side - So Quiet
  • Don Quixote #10
    • B-side - Don't Lie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Nik Kershaw - The Riddle". Džuboks (in Serbian) (Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine) (194 (second series)): 14. 
  3. ^ "Nik Kershaw Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1958-03-01. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ "NIK KERSHAW | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ "Images for Nik Kershaw - The Riddle". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  6. ^ "Nik Kershaw - The Riddle / Progress - MCA - UK - NIK 6". 45cat. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-riddle-mw0000313830
  8. ^ Nik Kershaw- U.S. Version of The Riddle @ Discogs Accessed 8/31/2009.
  9. ^ "A Christmas Message from Nik Kershaw". nikkershaw.com. 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  10. ^ a b c "Nik Kershaw: The Riddle - Deluxe Edition Track Listing". www.superdeluxeedition.com. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Nik Kershaw To Release Expanded Reissue Of ‘The Riddle’". thisisnotretro.com. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  12. ^ "Nik responds to The Riddle deluxe bonus track selection comments". www.nikkershaw.net. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  13. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca
  14. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung (2006-06-15). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  19. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  20. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  21. ^ Kershaw, Nik (2013). The Riddle (2CD Expanded Edition) (CD Booklet). Nik Kershaw. Universal/Island Records Ltd. UMCREP2024. 

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