What does it sound like?:
The main album is loosely conceptual – with a theme throughout that all the songs take place at night. It starts with the pulsating ‘For Your Own Good’ – somebody wanting to go out, and concludes with “Footsteps’, where somebody is waiting for their lover/partner to come home. In-between you get a bit of country (‘You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk’), the BBC radiophonic workshop (‘Radiophonic’) and a Kylie duet (‘In Denial).
The 2017 remaster brings enhancement – particularly with the new vinyl pressing of the original album.
The CD version come with two additional disc of b-sides, PSBs own remixes and demos from the 1996 to 2000 period, highlights include a duet with Elton John and a version of ‘New York City Boy’ called ‘Paris City Boy’, sung entirely in French.
‘Nightlife’ is a fabulous mix of lush strings (the Craig Armstrong produced tracks) and banging beats, produced by either David Morales or Rollo, of Faithless fame.
They dressed up for this album, famously with crazy wigs and costumes designed by award-winning theatre designer Ian MacNeil. It wasn’t to everybody’s taste, but I actually think this one of PSBs best albums.
What does it all *mean*?
If you overlooked PSBs mid-career albums, this, along with ‘Release’ and ‘Fundamental’ are worth a revisit – great value CD packages with loads of interesting and obscure stuff, including three rather strange ringtones that they produced.
Goes well with…
After dark listening, for sure – ‘Nightlife’ works well walking home from the pub.
Might suit people who like…
Fans of mid-90s dance music.