But... It's all worth it. Every naff sounding second is worth it, and more, all because of the seventh song, Family Life, one of Blue Nile's greatest songs, and hyperbole alert, one of the greatest pop songs ever written. It is perhaps the most un-rock and roll song ever written, and maybe because most of us lead un-rock and roll lives, it is truly moving. The strings fade away at the end and Buchanan sings:
'Jesus I go to sleep and I pray
For my kids, for my wife, family life.'
It's enough to make a grown man weep. Even a man who doesn't believe in god and has no kids.
Download Family Life, buy A Walk Across The Rooftops, Hats and High in full, and let's pretend this record never happened.