AOTY 2023
The Blue Nile - Hats
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1989 Ratings: #102 / 222
User Score
Based on 295 ratings
1989 Ratings: #19
Liked by 42 people
October 16, 1989 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin, Linn, A&M / Label
Sophisti-Pop / Genre
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(album recommendation from @riley)

Damn, I'm really blown away by how good this is. The production is so melodic and longing, and as other people have already said, this is the perfect soundtrack for a heartbroken lonely night. Some parts also really remind me of The Police, specifically Every Breath You Take. This is peak 80s right here, and I will definitely raise my score if I return to this often.

I would have never listened to this if it wasn't for Riley, so thank you!


'Hats' is one of those rare 'magic portal' albums where you press play and everything's already set up in massive flashing lights, just waiting for you.

No major investment of imagination or emotion is required - in fact it's more a case you'd have to actively 'un-listen' to this album to not 'get it'.


Such an amazing and cohesive album for those lonely nights providing comfort through the pain of love

Track Review

Over the Hillside 8.5/10.
The Downtown Lights 9.5/10
Let's Go Out Tonight 10/10
headlights on the Parade 9/10
From a Late Night Train 9.5/10
Seven A.M. 9/10
Saturday Night 9.5/10

Average: 9.3/10


One of the greatest albums you've never heard of. Only seven tracks, but they're all phenomenal.


Such a beautiful album, I'm crying.


Magical album

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Added on: April 29, 2016