I'm not going to set any Simple Minds LP up as a masterpiece, because I'd be lying if I did, but they nevertheless made a few excellent albums, and they're certainly worth a look and a listen for folks who just can't get enough of that wonderful post-punk.
Although Virgin has reissued 12 Simple Minds albums-- nearly their entire oeuvre-- I've chosen to focus on two of their most wonderfully strange records, 's Reel to Real Cacophony and 's Empires and Dance , the band's sophomore and junior albums, respectively. These two albums feature Simple Minds pulling themselves together musically and finding their direction. Here, the band is moving away from its disorganized debut, Life in a Day to say it was padded with filler is pretty charitable and toward the expansive, reverb-soaked anthems that characterized its greatest achievement, 's New Gold Dream , and their eventual string of U.
Calling Your Name Scar Kaleidoscope — Remaster Film Theme Dub — Remaster I Travel 2. Today I Died Again 3. Celebrate 4. This Fear Of Gods 5. Capital City 6. Constantinople Line 7. Thirty Frames A Second 9. Kant Kino Room New Warm Skin — Remaster I Travel Extended Mix — Remaster In Trance As Mission 2. Sweat In Bullet 3. Boys From Brazil 5.
Love Song 6. Sons And Fascination 8. Seeing Out The Angel 9. Theme For Great Cities 2. The American 3. Wonderful In Young Life 5. League Of Nations 6. Careful In Career 7. Sound In 70 Cities 8. The American Extended Mix — Remaster 9. Someone Somewhere In Summertime 2.
When we heard the song we loved it. When the press write something negative and something that's untrue, it's hard to look at that in a positive way.
We could really relate to the song. Petridis elaborated that this is "about as far as the album ventures into the realms of hos and playas, fuckin' the atmosphere or otherwise.
Taller in More Ways received generally favourable reviews from music critics. Ross Hoffman of AllMusic awarded the album 4 out of 5 stars, labelling it "among their strongest" and favouring "the simple yet effective electro-pop club ditty 'Push The Button' [and] even better in that category [the] monstrously funky 'Red Dress'", as well as 'Follow Me Home' and 'Ugly', calling them two "aptly pitched inspirational mini-epics". The review was less favourable about the final three cuts saying they "fail to leave much of Ace Reject - Sugababes - Taller In More Ways impression".
He described "Gotta Be You" as "[a song that] can't help but pale by comparison [with] Aaliyah 's majestic ' Try Again '. Alexis Petridis of The Guardianhowever, was favourable of 'Gotta Be You', referring to Austin as "[someone who] clearly knows where Sugababes' strengths lie", further stating "[Austin] adds a light, but nonetheless thrilling dusting of monotonal crunk-influenced synthesised honking to 'Gotta Be You'.
In conclusion, however, he states that "the album's strike rate is far higher than you might expect from a manufactured pop act's fourth album; it avoids the obvious pitfalls and its highpoints are genuinely high", giving the album 3 out of 5 stars. Peter Robinson of The Observergave the album 5 out of 5 stars, summarising it as "the cool yet commercial pop queens put a spring in Peter Robinson's step", although saying "only occasionally do the band drop the ball: 'Better' is an excellent song but sounds too much like Jamelia's 'Thank You'".
We often miked up the corridor that ran down the side of Coach House studio at Rockfield and left the door to the studio open. It gave a good natural eqable short reverb for drums and guitars and claps. Jim was writing all the time, trying lyrics and different approaches to singing.
He was quite different on early records to how he sings now.Real to Real Cacophony has been generally well received by faugladtauscinagcirsinglenmaerisdeansti.xyzinfoic praised the album, describing it as "where Simple Minds ventured beyond the ability to mimic their influences and began to manipulate them, mercilessly pushing them around and shaping them into funny objects the way a child transforms a chunk of Play-Doh from an indefinable chunk of nothing into a definable chunk of.