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Written and produced by Mick Hucknall, with contributions from Andy Wright - whose previous credits include Natalie Imbruglia and Annie Lennox - the album was recorded between London's 'Home' and 'Metropolis' studios late last year.
Hucknall's vocals are as distinctive as ever, while much of "Stay" is firmly rooted in soulful territory.
But while the album boasts its fair share of good songs, there are also moments that let it down badly and contribute to a disappointing overall experience.
The opener "The World And You Tonight" is a strong start, kicking off with a melodic central guitar riff and some typically smooth vocals from the lead singer, as well as some fine backing vocals.
But it's followed by the somewhat generic lead single, "So Not Over You", a cumbersome ballad that plods its way through wine bar territory.
There's a snappy poppiness about title track "Stay" which harks back to the band's earlier, more chart-friendly work that helps get things back on track, but attempts to extract a funky, even Motown style out of the brassy "They Don't Know" hit another duff note.
The mix of blues guitars and funk also feels uneven on "Oh! What A Girl", while the moody "Good Times Have Done Me Wrong" aims for the grittiness of a latter day Eric Clapton, complete with guitar solos, but pale by comparison to what "Slow Hand" might have done. It's a song in search of an artist more suited to its style, much like "Money TV".Read more ›
Simply Red's hopelessly misguided decision to go their own way as a cottage industry without record company backing may have killed their career at one suicidal stroke, but luckily Mick watched his next two records hit the bestsellers' chart.
Most likely this third self-release will undoubtedly repeat the feat.
Reduced budgets and concomitant cheap packaging notwithstanding, it finds Mick Hucknall at his most vocally seductive in years, although at one English-mangling point, he manages to rhyme "tirade" with "laugh".
His music hits the spot and touches the heart and this album has many charms.
Not that there is a dull track on Hucknall's self-financed latest tour de force, but as ever it is the token cover version that ticks every box.
The likes of "So Not Over You" and "Stay (Just The Way You Are") articulate, simply and succinctly, complex adult emotions in one shot.
However, rather than raiding yet another slice of Philadelphia, Red tackles Ronnie Lane's "Debris" to devastating effect, and audiences are further stretched on the Santana-style "Money TV" and on the folksy "Little Englander", complete with a school choir stolen from Pink Floyd's "The Wall".
He's even upped his songwriting game, with the impossibly romantic "The World and You Tonight" and the title track.
Meanwhile "The Death of the Cool" and "Little Englander" suggest a sense of humour and a still smouldering fire respectively.
For all the gorgeous renditions of heartbreaking ballads, tender love songs and uplifting anthems, he retains a lyrical spikiness unusual in the genre. His music may have drifted inexorably towards the middle of the road, yet his outspoken politicism lingers.Read more ›
but this new cd is great, song for song it is good, a new sound and new style to them.what ever he is doing here on this cd keep doing it cos I love the cd and this is like rediscovering them all over again, one song is kinda blues-z but most are just very hot and you feel each song like you did a long time ago when they started out.he is one of the most under rated singers around but this cd will put him right where he belongs , the cd is a top one and he is a top singer , thank you
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Could be Red's best disc. It's hard to say they are all so good.Published 13 months ago by Thomas Warren
One of my and my wife's favorite recording artists. The lead song Stay is one of the two best on the disc but it's all good. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sweengolly
I love this group. I heard the song Stay and liked it a lot. I couldn't buy the MP3, so I bought the album. Mistake.Published 24 months ago by K. Fleming
Great CD. Simply Red has a great, distinctive sound that is fun to listen to. Never get tired of his music.Published on November 6, 2013 by CJ
Simply Red's earlier music was beautifully executed, and I can listen to that music all day. "Stay" is a great disappointment and I probably won't listen to it again. Read morePublished on January 19, 2012 by J.P. P.
If you enjoy the sound of the Simply Red you will like this CD. I like it and listen often to it often.Published on October 28, 2011 by Ron J.
Stay being the 10th and final album with Simply Red and was released in 2007. The sound is a mix between pop, soul and adult contemporary. Read morePublished on January 14, 2010 by Bjorn Viberg
STAY is an excellent release from the very underrated Simply red. The band has always provided quality jazz with an inventive r@b style. Read morePublished on October 15, 2008 by barry
love the one song, & the rest are ok. he has a unique sound of his own. but glad he has a new album out, its been a long timePublished on November 28, 2007 by Maureen North