A New Kind of Blue

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A New Kind of Blue
A New Kind of Blue by Stephen Cummings.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1989
VenuePlatinum Studios, Melbourne
GenreRock
Length49:16
LabelEMI Records, True Tone Records, Polydor Records
ProducerShane O'Mara, Stephen Cummings
Stephen Cummings chronology
Lovetown
(1988)
A New Kind of Blue
(1989)
Good Humour
(1991)
Singles from A New Kind of Blue
  1. "A Life Is a Life"
    Released: November 1988
  2. "Your House Is Falling"
    Released: March 1989
  3. "When the Day Is Done"
    Released: June 1989

A New Kind of Blue is the fourth studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Stephen Cummings. The album was released in March 1989 and peaked at number 53 on the Australian ARIA Charts.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1990, the album was nominated for three awards, winning Best Adult Contemporary Album.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Lynden Barber from Sydney Morning Herald said the album "sets a new standard of maturity for Australian pop" adding "A New Kind of Blue is a record that takes some time to smoulder its way into your affections, but once there, it glows like embers on a winter's fire. This is suave, adult music that bears the intimacy of confessions whispered in the early hours. Australia – or anywhere else, for that matter – is unlikely to hear a record as gracefully accomplished in the whole of 1989."[3]

Clinton Walker from Rolling Stone Australia gave the album 4 out of 5 saying "A New Kind of Blue is luscious. Even when the melodies aren't arresting in their own right, Cummings knows, and uses well, the power of the gospelesque chorus, to lift them. The instrumentation and arrangements – mostly by O'Mara – are discrete and tasteful to a tee, and Cummings' tenor has that almost cracked, smokey allure."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."When the Day Is Done"4:26
2."A Life Is a Life"
  • Cummings
  • Anthony Richards
3:18
3."Screwed Up State of Affairs"
  • Cummings
  • Richards
3:45
4."Running Away"3:58
5."Your House Is Falling"
  • Cummings
  • Pendlebury
3:34
6."Melancholy Hour"
4:24
7."Silent As the Grave"
  • Cummings
3:53
8."When Love Comes"
  • Cummings
  • O"Mara
  • Talbot
3:40
9."Carrying a Torch for You (For Years)"
  • Cummings
  • O'Mara
4:18
10."Come On, Come On"
  • Cummings
  • Pendlebury
3:41
11."Here Where the Sky Is Blue" (CD bonus track) 3:23
12."Questions" (CD bonus track) 3:43
13."The Last Thing" (CD bonus track) 3:13

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australian Album ARIA Charts[4] 53

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia March 1989 True Tone Records, EMI Music Vinyl, CD 791309

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winners by Year 1990". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Australia 1990 ARIA Awards". ALLdownunder.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b "MEDIA: Reviews: A New Kind". LoveTown. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Chartifacts – Week Ending 03 March 1991 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 58)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 21 November 2017.