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Made with an array of collaborators old and new including co-writer Iain Cook (of Glasgow band Chvrches) and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright and Steve Hillage (who worked on 1981's Sons And Fascination / Sister Feelings Call) Big Music is an irresistible mix of artistry and accessibility.
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SPARKLE IN THE RAIN (the powerhouse pinnacle of pre-BREAKFAST CLUB Minds)
NEW GOLD DREAM (top-to-bottom brilliance - lush, dynamic, and memorable)
SONS & FASCINATION / SISTER FEELINGS CALL (big double-album packed with favorites)
NEAPOLIS (electro-heavy record in which SM sheds their tiresome "pop rock" skin)
BLACK AND WHITE (05 05 05) (the modern "comeback" begins)
BIG MUSIC represents the third record of SM's "return to form" that, according to general consensus, began with B&W (05 05 05) and continued with the exceptional GRAFFITI SOUL / SEARCHING FOR THE LOST BOYS double album. This latest incarnation of the band sees them blending everything they were ever great at it into one big heady stew.
Every track on BIG is a winner, although, as always, some jump out at you more quickly than others. The single, "Honest Town" appeals on the first listen, as do "Blood Diamonds" and "Broken Glass Park" - especially to those who are familiar with these last two from the 2013 CELEBRATE collection, where they appeared in substantially different versions. It should be noted the BIG MUSIC takes are much better. The title track is yet another familiar name to hardcore fans who will recognize it from their 2014 live CD/DVD release. And need I say it again? The studio cut trounces the live one.Read more ›
Fast forward to 2014 and Simple Minds are back with an album after having toured extensively for the past years. I have listened to this set 7-8 times via streaming Simple Minds themselves provided to introduce the album. The title, Big Music, says it all. There is not one single track here being anything close to being a ballad or acoustic; this is a bombastic album with heavy synth and bass dominant in all songs, many songs being potential audience friendly rockers for stadium concerts (Simple Minds will tour all over Europe in 2015). In short, there are here some really great tracks but in whole the set is let down by a few clunkers. By replacing some of those clunkers with some slower tracks and maybe a bit less synth and bombastic ones, the set would have been close to perfect; but that may just not being Simple Minds today.
The first three tracks, like on their Graffiti Soul release, are fantastic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This CD is in my rotation in my car and every time it comes up, I just wonder why the heck it didn't win a Grammy. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
Really like this album. In my opinion, no weak songs here and the album name is fitting. I think 'Spirited Away' is the best song.Published 2 months ago by Colin Anderson
First, no one was a bigger fan of Simple Minds as I was back in the early 80's when Sons and Fascination, Sister Feelings Call and New Gold Dream were released, and I continue to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven D. Edwards
Simple Minds are one of the most underrated bands from the late 70s and early 80s in my opinion. I think people ended up with a distorted memory of them trying to be the Scottish... Read morePublished 8 months ago by GoonMoon
I enjoyed "Midnight Walking" and "Spirited Away" the most. The CD sounds great, sort of an "indie-pop" sound. Melodies are catchy and vocals are good. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic! I posted a full review under the MP3 selection. Rather than copy and paste it here, read some of the other top reviews... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ElevenSpeed