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Mid Air

Paul Buchanan

Mid Air

First album in eight years and first solo recording from the Blue Nile singer consists mainly of just piano and voice

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  1. 10.0 |   BBC

    It’s unconscionably beautiful, and may be the most moving, precious record of 2012
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  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Mid Air isn't content to be simply blue and beautiful. There is real joy here, and a rather heroic attempt to embrace life in all its colours and complexities
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  3. 9.0 |   Uncut

    It barely rises above murmur and sigh, the clang of the night train, the chime of the city clock, the foghorn from the docks
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A 2am album of sheer, devastating beauty. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The songs are like fragments of time frozen in old photographs
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Buchanan’s vocals and dancing piano playing are bolstered only by airy synthetic tapestries of strings that float in and hover over closing choruses, as if wary of waking the sleeping city
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  7. 8.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Every note yearns for a worthy soundtrack, and every song could stop the clocks anywhere and everywhere
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  8. 8.0 |   State

    An accomplished collection of beautiful, honest songs
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  9. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    These tracks offer hope in the face of inevitable despair. They sneak up on you like the flame of a lighter, nicking your fingers as you try lighting a cigarette in the wind
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    These 13 songs (most less than three minutes) and one instrumental feature vocals, piano and the odd hushed piece of orchestration. Variations on a musical theme, perhaps, but Buchanan covers quite some lyrical distance here, from bemused bystander to lacerated laureate
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  11. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Mid Air flows like few albums in recent memory. There doesn’t appear to be a beginning, middle, or end, and I have on more than one occasion let the album replay without realizing it
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  12. 6.0 |   Blurt

    There are certainly times when a bit more instrumentation would have enhanced the presentation - even sub-three minute songs can become dreary when ballads predominate and they're sung in a near-whisper
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  13. 6.0 |   Q

    The effect's akin to eavesdropping on a suite of grateful elegies for life's ordinary dramas of love and hope. Print edition only

  14. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    It sounds like a work he created by sneaking into the studio at night when everyone had gone home and he could indulge his hangdog tendencies in peace and solitude
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