Peace at Last (The Blue Nile album)

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Peace at Last
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Studio album by The Blue Nile
Released 10 June 1996
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]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Q 5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]
Uncut 7/10[6]

Peace at Last is the third studio album by Scottish band The Blue Nile, released on 10 June 1996 via Warner Bros. Records.

Background[edit]

Peace at Last was a considerable musical departure for the band. Unlike their prior two albums A Walk Across the Rooftops and Hats, which featured electronic instrumentation almost exclusively, Peace at Last was primarily driven by Paul Buchanan's acoustic guitar.[6] Even a gospel choir made a brief appearance on the lead single, "Happiness".

Critical reaction for Peace at Last was mixed.[7] Despite some high praise, including a five-star review from Q, once the initial hype following the album's release had settled Peace at Last was soon overshadowed by A Walk Across the Rooftops and Hats.[2] However, the album does include the heartbreaking song "Family Life" which many Blue Nile aficionados consider to be among their greatest tracks.[citation needed]

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 and 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 and 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. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-84609-856-7. 
  3. ^ Kim, Wook (21 June 1996). "Peace at Last". Entertainment Weekly. New York City, New York: Time Inc. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Maconie, Stuart (July 1996). "Review: The Blue Nile – Peace at Last". Q. London, England: EMAP Metro Ltd (118): 117. 
  5. ^ Diehl, Matt (2 February 1998). "Review: The Blue Nile – Peace at Last". Rolling Stone. New York City, USA: Jann Wenner. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Thomson, Graeme (January 2013). "River of No Return". Uncut. London, England: Time Inc. UK: 59. 
  7. ^ Kelly, Jennifer (30 January 2013). "At the Source of the Blue Nile: An Interview with Paul Buchanan". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 August 2015. 

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