Hats (studio album) by The Blue Nile

Hats by The Blue Nile
Year: 1989
Overall rank: 1,212th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 180 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1989 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (193rd)
Award Best albums of all time (1,212th)
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Hats is ranked as the best album by The Blue Nile.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 180 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.8/100, a mean average of 78.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.9.

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85/100
From 01/15/2022 23:10
The comparison with Talk Talk is right, both play dreamy, mellow, considered music. Both were massively underrated 80s/ early 90s bands, overlooked really because of a lack of image in the video age.

While Talk Talk’s later work plays to the soul in the ether, Blue Nile go straight for the heart. Every second of your doomed or unrequited love affairs are plucked or physically torn at here. From the thrill of your first date, to the rain soaked pavements of disappointment, and every poignant star-crossed second of reflection in between.

Each time I fall for this album it hurts me a little bit more than I want it to.
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From 12/22/2021 22:41
Found this comment on Youtube:

"This album is truly perfect... there's is Gaza, there's the no vote, there's Ebola, however there's music and blue nile is my Henrik Larsson. dx"

The sentiment is stunning. Anybody who understands the importance of a great, heroic striker will understand the metaphor. The Blue Nile is my Henrik Larsson. Dexy's Midnight Runners is my Bob Taylor. Black Sabbath is my Dwight Yorke. New Order is my Eric Cantona. Led Zeppelin is my Steve Bull. The Waterboys is my Robbie Keane. We could go all day. A great striker is all you really need for hope, as a child and as an adult. A bloke you know if gonna put the ball in the net, given the opportunity. And for a band, an artist, any band or artist, to mean that much... it's real love.
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75/100
From 02/21/2021 17:57
Really nice record! Simple but beautifully orchestrated.
Great use of digital/electronic sounds.
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From 11/02/2016 20:39
Favourite album of all time... love the relaxing vibe it gives off
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80/100
From 06/24/2016 19:52
Late night neon drenched pop with a hint of jazz lurking in the shadows. Atmospheric and beautiful, an underrated album perfect for that time just before dawn.
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From 11/14/2014 05:24
Walking down a quiet city street at night, feeling the cool air flow by as you watch the last lights from the surrounding apartment buildings flicker out, losing yourself in your own introspection, contemplating love, loss, and heartbreak before realizing you've been walking for hours, full circle, all the way back to your residence; the sun is just starting to come up. You walk inside, still heartbroken, but perhaps with a bit of serenity now about you. Things will be alright in the end.
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85/100
From 08/17/2013 13:11
Lovely mix of late Talk Talk and David Sylvian ambient pop.
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From 02/26/2013 02:02
A perfect moody, romantic record for a rainy Saturday evening.
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From 02/18/2013 19:56
When I first heard this, I thought it was kinda boring and underwhelming... with time it's definitely grown on me and is now one of my favorites.
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