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Something Gets Me Started
on November 22, 2010
When it has came down to great guilty pleasures, there are very few and far between that've really came out of Britain like Simply Red. With the intimacy and soul Mick Hutnall has brought in as the lead vocalist, the group has dominated in the 80's by bringing in some of the best guilty pleasure songs that still stand the test of time. But when it came down to the 90's, they just haven't been able to fully score in great records or hits here in America, despite having some very timeless songs like In Your Mirror, and Stars. Yet, there songs just didn't deliver here. But, they did come back around in 2003 with Home, and some really timeless songs. But, the big surprise was the group announcing recently that they would retire, and breakup after a quater-century of delivering really good songs. Well, all that Simply Red has delivered is right here in one reflection after another.
Simply Red: 25 The Greatest Hits is a single disc collection of Simply Red's biggest songs from their 25 year career. The collection doesn't change a lot from their classic 1996 Greatest Hits collection, but re-tools it a bit, by keeping their biggest songs here, as well as adding music from there recent albums like 2003's Home & 2007's Stay. The songs have all been remastered and include a lot of great and distinctive songs like Holding Back The Years, It's Only Love, Sunrise and Home, to their distinctive covers like If You Don't Know Me By Now and The Stylistics You Make Me Feel Brand New, and a new track (a cover of The Moody Blues Go Now.) Every track stands out well. Yet, there were a few songs I wish could've been here like their 2005 song Perfect Love, and Blue from 1998. Still, there is a lot of Simply Red to go around here that does feel like it is home.
Despite a few songs overlooked, Simply Red: 25 The Greatest Hits is a great reflection of one of the most distinctive Soul groups to come out of the 80's. I feel bad that Mick Hucknall & company did decided to call it quits, but what they've left behind is a great distinction and cavalcade of classic songs taht still stand the test of time. I honestly can say that there aren't many groups around that are like Simply Red, and I still would rather listen to them, than all those joke artists that are currently on radio right now like Rihanna and Beyonce'. Simple words cannot explain how simple Simply Red has delivered, and in the music industry right now there aren't many songs that still make you feel brand new, and they definitely showed that all those years.
Songs: B 1/2+
Remastering: B 1/2+
Overall: B 1/2+