mrlimbo

Simple Minds mrlimbo

December 13, 2018
Really wish they would produce a compilation album of their instrumental songs, that would be immense, they often of get overlooked or forgotten about, but they are among their strongest songs they ever produced !
DJ69

Simple Minds DJ69

December 27, 2018
There was something discussed about doing this album around 1997 and was given the working title Aurora Borealis. Could be a 3CD set now with all the great instrumentals they've created over the years.
Crijevo

Simple Minds Crijevo

December 6, 2017
I have divided feelings towards their post-83/onwards era work myself - meaning some of the work is decent (personally, I enjoy some of it in the wake of "Sparkle In the Rain" and "Once Upon a Time"), the rest I find sadly a victim of its own pomposity ("Street Fighting Years" being a somewhat obvious example that is on my black list, too)... Not because the earlier work is "oh-so-arty" that everyone these days continuously raves about, but because of the potential the group showed on those - forever loved - first five albums; the potential later seemed to have been sacrificed for the sheer stadium appeal of their music, past or present. And let's not shy away from the fact, their music always seemed to have aimed for that kind of exposure. Ever since "Life In a Day".

Of course, earlier Minds' records will forever sound far more adventurous, listeners discovering something new with every spin - something their later, more polished but just as pompous material lacks in large quantities despite the group's great playing skill always remains in place. Sadly this is always the same story - groups come along, we expect them to stay "uncommercial" or "experimental", but where is the limit to this - or say, where to find the right key to success, be it creative or commercial... Simple Minds may have compromised theirs eons ago - blame it on "breaking America" or the so-called "U2 complex", but a certain quality keeps informing their (newer) work. But that's more got to do with a certain "generation gap", people with different tastes approaching one such group's work. Sons and fascination.
Rich.C

Simple Minds Rich.C

January 13, 2017
From their beginnings as a raw, glammed-up New Wave band in 1977 to their complex Alternative Rock of the present, Simple Minds has maintained a dramatic flair and a deep complexity in their constantly changing sound. Jim Kerr's vocals leap effortlessly from raw Punk raspiness to urgent emotional release while the rest of the band pits guitar distortion against saxophone leads and vaulting Gospel vocals against bubbling Synth Pop keyboards.
Simple Minds' daring approach to the shifting sounds of the times has always raised the stakes for others
mundayschild

Simple Minds as reviewed by mundayschild

July 3, 2013
Most bands these days would kill for a discography like Simple Minds, up to and including 'Sparkle In The Rain' which I think is a hugely under rated LP. Sure, the 'stadium' years were pretty pompous and over bearing. For me (and I bought the LP's when they came out) the early years from 'Empires...' were some of the most interesting and inventive/creative reocords of that era. Mixing electronics and 'traditional' instrumentation with warped song structres. These guys were 'balearic' before most, and some of thier records still get played in clubs and at festivals to this day. My personal fave has to be 'New Gold Dream', if I had to reccomend 5 great LP's from the 80's this would be on that list. It's a beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sounds and moods that still sounds light years ahead. How come no bands these days aspire to this kind of sound design? the closest anyone came was The Verve with some of their 'Storm In Heaven' LP which shared some similar textures but sadly lacked the great songwriting skill of SM.
'Sons Of Fascination/Sister Feelings..' is another fantastic and strange album with unexpected noises and textures through out. 'Sparkle...' does exactly that, it shines like a bright summer morning, clear blue with a white hot sun. It's propulsive rhythm section giving the band a more muscular feel, while maintaining the decent song writing skills ('Waterfront', 'Book Of Brilliant Things')
Do yourself a favour, get on ebay or discogs and grab some vinyl copies of the early LP's and treat yourself to a brace of some plain great albums.
REENO

Simple Minds REENO

May 11, 2017
"Don't you" (forget about me) was one of the GREAT pop songs of the 80's. Awful??? WTF.
Suedegirl

Simple Minds Suedegirl

September 16, 2015
...although your comment is more than two years old, I have to tell you that I absolutely 100% agree with you. Everything from "Empires" up to "Sparkle.." is pretty much ingenious. They were my first real favourite (in a "to-die-for"-way) band at the age of 16. I continued buying their stuff after the awful "Don't you" and still went to see them live (shouldn't have done that), but in the meantime I got rid of everything that came after "Sparkle..", and I only kept the 12" of "Don't you" because of the b-side. Still love to listen to their "old stuff" and "New Gold Dream" seems to make the room shine even on a dark winter day.
dave.elzinga.5

Simple Minds dave.elzinga.5

May 18, 2014
I totally agree.......an awesome band, way ahead of their time. Listening to them, when the records came out, has influenced my choise of music very much. Since then, I love "weird" music ;-)
goatlips

Simple Minds as reviewed by goatlips

September 28, 2006
edited over 6 years ago
Spawning from 'Johnny and the Self Abusers' in the late 70's, the early 'punk' era of Simple Minds brought them little recognition. Not surprising really, since the Sex Pistols had been killed off several years previously and nobody wanted anything to do with a resurgence of such an unmelodic genre. From this period the only track of real note was the epic 'Pleasantly Disturbed' ('Life in a Day', 1979).

Later, with the release of their first iconic single 'Waterfront' from the outstanding, though underrated album, 'Sparkle in the Rain' (1984) they began to gain a fan base. A more fluid, less rigid, musical style gave Kerr the chance to show the world he could actually sing. Resultantly, the band soon had a bigger live following than their fame, alone, could merit.

In 1985 Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, and Michael MacNeil produced an album that elevated them to superstardom and Simple Minds could be considered 'the best band in the world'. Arguably the greatest pop/rock album ever written, 'Once Upon a Time' contained 5 hit records and no 'fillers', indeed, the title track and 'Come a Long Way' were exceptional recordings. Whether, or not, it garnered the critical acclaim it deserved is irrelevant.

After a break of almost 5 years, not to discount the release of their live masterpiece ('Live in the City of Light', 1987), 1989 brought their forth consecutive album to debut at No.1 (UK). This time, the 'Street Fighting Years' LP gave (guitarist) Burchill a platform to showcase his talents, creating a unique, and immensely atmospheric, soundscape. 'The Ballad of the Streets EP', from the album, gave the group their only UK No.1, staying at the top of the charts for, seemingly, months. It was the title track, however, which showed the band at their very, very, best.

Whether intentionally, or not, in the years since 'Once Upon a Time' Jim Kerr's voice has softened, first evident in 1989, and lacks the aggression it once had. The last creditable recordings by Simple Minds came way back in 1991, with 'See The Lights' and, once again, the customarily unreleased title track from 'Real Life'.