Scottish band Simple Minds defined the early Eighties sound. Singer Jim Kerr had the power (and pathos) to reach the other side of the field of an open air festival, and guitar player Charlie Burchill came up with wall-to-wall hooks and riffs. In those day they didn't just "promised you a miracle", they delivered. In business since 19y7 Kerr and Burchill are still here, with a rhythm section that can play the oldies and new stuff.
Graffiti Soul is a big sounding album. Kerr has his signature baritone, not as overpowering as it used to be, but his voice has deepened over the years. The main theme is travel - the band keeps reaching for the stars and most of the songs get off the ground without a hitch, especially Rockets and the title track. The sole clunker is Blood Type O, a rather lifeless ditty that should have been saved for a B-side.
Graffiti Soul is released on Universal Music. Also available as a deluxe 2CD. The bonus disc is filled with cover songs that find the band playing the songs of their heroes in a laid-back mood.
The Simple Minds will be on tour in the UK later this year, with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark as a support act.
- 11/30 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
- 12/02 Birmingham, LG Arena
- 12/03 Manchester, MEN Arena
- 12/05 Sheffield, Arena
- 12/06 Cardiff, International Arena
- 12/07 London, Wembley Arena
- 12/11 Glasgow, SECC
- 12/12 Aberdeen, Exhibition & Conference Centre