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Album Review

Despite a steady string of moderate hits in the U.K. and U.S. during the '80s, as well as a burgeoning career as a professional songwriter, Nik Kershaw chose to spend much of the '90s rather quietly. He worked behind the scenes as a songwriter, but following The Works in 1990, he didn't record for nearly a full decade. Finally, he returned to action in 1999 with 15 Minutes, an immaculately produced collection of modern mature pop. Kershaw always specialized in subtle, sophisticated pop, and that's what he delivers on 15 Minutes, albeit with a modernized sheen. There is a difference, however. Like his peers Nick Heyward and Howard Jones, Kershaw winds up making sophisticated, mature pop that feels like it should be about the songwriting but winds up being about sonic texture. Of course, that means that 15 Minutes can be a pleasant listen, and it is — but there aren't many songs that make a lasting impression. Still, it's easy to admire the craft behind the production and the subtle songwriting, even if the songs don't work their way into your subconscious. And those are enough to make it worthwhile for hardcore fans longing for new Kershaw, even if it isn't enough to win a new audience.

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Best Album that Nik Kershaw has released. Absolutely brilliant

Melodious Pop at its best

As the first concert I went to as a child was "The Riddle tour", I have always had a soft spot for Nik Kershaws music. Everytime I hear one of his 80's tracks played on the radio I still sing along to every word. This album is probably my favourite, with stand out tracks for me :- Somebody loves you, Find me an angel & Fiction. This is Pop at its best... And as someone reminded me today its 1st March so, "Happy Birthday Nik" ! unexpected masterpiece

I was introduced to the brilliant "No Frills" album, as I love the acoustic re-worked classics by the likes of Crowded House and the Finn Brothers. A few of the tracks on No Fills appear on this album, which was the reason I downloaded it. Somebody Loves You and Have a Nice Life are a brilliant starting combination, but the final three tracks, especially Shine On make this one of the best in my collection. Nik Kershaw fan or not (have to say I really wasn't in the 80's) you'll find it hard not to be imressed by this wonderful album.


Born: 01 March 1958 in Bristol, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the mid-'80s, Nik Kershaw managed to score a handful of pop hits and, in doing so, establish himself as a profitable commercial songwriter. Kershaw began his musical career by learning to play guitar when he was a teenager. In 1974, he joined his first band, Half Pint Hogg, which played nothing but Deep Purple covers. However, his musical ideas were not limited to heavy metal; after he left school, he joined a jazz-funk band called Fusion. Fusion released one album, 'Til I Hear From You, in...
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