The Riddle (album)

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The Riddle
Studio album by Nik Kershaw
Released 19 November 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre
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
Smash Hits 6.5/10 stars[1]
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Džuboks (Favorable) [3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[8]

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[14] 45 18
German Albums Chart[15] 12 ?
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 8 33
Norwegian Albums Chart[17] 5 17
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 11 7
Swiss Albums Chart[19] 23 7
UK Albums Chart[20] 8 36
U.S. Billboard 200[21] 113 10

Credits[edit]

Studio Sessions Credits[22]

  • 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. ^ "Sheaff, Claire (22 November 1984). "Album Reviews". Smash Hits (EMAP Metro) 6 (24): p25. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Nik Kershaw - The Riddle". Džuboks (in Serbian) (Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine) (194 (second series)): 14.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help);
  4. ^ "Nik Kershaw Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 1958-03-01. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ "NIK KERSHAW | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  6. ^ "Images for Nik Kershaw - The Riddle". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Nik Kershaw - The Riddle / Progress - MCA - UK - NIK 6". 45cat. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-riddle-mw0000313830
  9. ^ Nik Kershaw- U.S. Version of The Riddle @ Discogs Accessed 8/31/2009.
  10. ^ "A Christmas Message from Nik Kershaw". nikkershaw.com. 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  11. ^ a b c "Nik Kershaw: The Riddle - Deluxe Edition Track Listing". www.superdeluxeedition.com. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  12. ^ "Nik Kershaw To Release Expanded Reissue Of ‘The Riddle’". thisisnotretro.com. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  13. ^ "Nik responds to The Riddle deluxe bonus track selection comments". www.nikkershaw.net. 2013-07-12. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 
  14. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca
  15. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung (2006-06-15). "Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  20. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  21. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  22. ^ Kershaw, Nik (2013). The Riddle (2CD Expanded Edition) (CD Booklet). Nik Kershaw. Universal/Island Records Ltd. UMCREP2024. 

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