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New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)

Simple Minds

1982

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New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)

Rating

2.95

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“ We heard the deacon's hopeful eulogy/ At least in dying you don't have to deal with New Wave for a second time” - The Hold Steady, “Multitude of Casualties” Hard to argue with that sentiment when an album like this comes along. This list is bloated with indistinguishable New Wave records, and this one in particular seems to revel in the genre’s worst overindulgences. Some of the instrumentation is interesting in a sort of curio way, but there was nothing here to make me want to listen again. Favourite track: “Promised You A Miracle”

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I just can't stand those 80's synths... this, as much of the decade stuff i've been hearing just did not age well

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5

One of my favourite new-wave albums.

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4

Really didn't think I'd like it but, actually did.

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I don't like Simple Minds. It's a band that once was great and then... it's just not even ok. I see this album as the begining of their decadence.

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2

Couple of amazing singles and a big load of rubbish

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Shite, twaddle, and unredeemable, synthetic trash.

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Hat mir nich gefallen 1

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5

What’s not to like?

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5

Brilliant. Was brilliant when released, and still is today

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5

In listening to this for the first time in nearly 40 years my observations are 1) Jim Kerr's voice is just sooo smoooth, nothing like their first few albums, it's like he hired Mel Torme or Brian Ferry as a vocal coach 2) the band lays down beautiful textures and is happy to stay in the background and let Kerr sing 3) There are so many pop hooks and pop songs in general (!) - it's like they are shooting for that massive hit that would be heard in grocery stores and bus stations for decades to come, but that was still a year or two away. Sue says their prior album was better, which I can't disagree with, and smoe fans would have been disappointed by the less-edgy sound of this album. Before I gave it too high a mark I wanted to make sure the lyrics weren't fluff so I looked up King is White and in the Crowd - it's about the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Good enough for me.

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5

Richly textured beautifully crafted songs making for a complete, cohesive album.

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5

good album

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5

Loved it

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5

This couldn't be more of its time if it tried. It's the musical equivalent of Molly Ringwald doing a Jane Fonda workout while wearing leg warmers and a Walkman. Very 1980s. But the 1980s was the best era for music (it just was alright), so that's just fine.

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5

I've always loved this band. This is a great album.

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5

Fantastic album.

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5

One of the Best!

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4

Pretty groovy!

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6,5/10

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4

This one was fun. I liked quite a few of the songs and added them to some playlists. While it's not a favorite album, I think it's one I will return to.

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4

Pretty strong 80s vibes. New age and movie like soundtrack tunes

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4

badass synth pop that must have sounded like the future in 1982 fav track: promised you a miracle

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I enjoy this sort of thing. Drama and all. Like the prominent bass. Perhaps it sticks out more in contrast to the synths than it would to the more common guitar centered rock sound? Elements sound balanced and clear. Reminds me of Roxy Music quite a bit. I also like when there's a single instrumental track on an album like here.

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4

This is a very 80s sound. Daughter and I enjoyed it as background music.

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4

Only know this band for the one hit, but this is a very enjoyable album. I was fully prepared for some christian rock based on this cover though. Very smooth '80s new wave, or "art pop" as they seem to call it. I'd put it in the same camp as that Steve McQueen album from Prefab Sprouts. Really, really loved "Glittering Prize." Favorite tracks: Glittering Prize, Someone Somewhere, Promised You a Miracle, Somebody Up There Likes You. Album art: It's so obviously designed to look like the hymnal books at church, I really love it. I'd never even thought of the idea of interpolating that art style. I still don't think it "fits" the music necessarily, but I think this one is super cool. 4/5

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Pleasant semi-atmospheric rock. Not life-changing, but maybe a good album to put on while working when you don't want to get distracted.

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I remember almost 40 years ago (OMG!) first listening to this album and being completely blown away by it. So much that I wrote a letter to the band gushing about how brilliant it was. That was a first (and last) for me. Back then I would have given it 5 stars instantly. Listening to it again now I find that some of the singles such as Promised you a miracle didn’t age too well and I cringe a bit at the overly pretentious lyrics and Jim Kerr’s 80s “New Romantic” singing style. However there are some real gems on this and I really like the more atmospheric and moody pieces such as Someone Somewhere, Big Sleep, Somebody up there and Hunter and the Hunted. It’s good to hear that the deep and propulsive bass and drums throughout the album still hit the spot.

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4

Loving the new wave/synth from this album. I have of course heard some Simple Minds. But not a ton. Now it’s time to look through more of their discography.

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4

Een 3,5. Maar omdat ik in het voorjaar naar een concert van ze ga, rond ik het af naar boven.

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Een voor mij wel ondergewaardeerde band. Hoe meer ik naar hun (vooral oudere) werk luister hoe beter ik het ga vinden. Goeie sound!

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4

Verrassend goed!

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Yllättävän hyvää kasaripaukuttelua.

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4

3.5

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4

Overall this album was solid. Classic new wave. I enjoyed it, though I can't say I would revisit every single song on this album. 4/5 stars.

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Straight up 80s sound. That is not a bad thing. It's got the digital-sounding background with some funkiness to it.

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4

Beautiful, energetic, cutting edge

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4

kinda hesitating between 3 and 4 (again!). A bit soft rock, but I like softness every once in a while

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4

I’ve never listened to Simple Minds beyond the obvious hits before. Probably shouldn’t be surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Both the music and the vocal are pure 80s New Wave vibe.

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Resulta que me gustó un disco de Synth Pop ochentero. No lo imaginaba, pero (en la versión normal sin tracks extra) está bastante disfrutable y se va como agua. Mucho mejor que casi todo lo de la época que hemos oído.

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4

Better than I expected, not as bombastic

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4

Een beetje eenheidssoep, maar wel genietbaar

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4

Gold by name….. this is the transition album between post punk and stadium rock. Fantastic blend!

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4

80's, but in a good way

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I have a friend who loves this album but I'd never listened to it. Now I see why she loves it. It's a super cool new wave work, with a title that deftly looks forward to the future.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Someone somewhere

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Classic album from the '80s. Loved this at the time, still do. Has some f the 80s dated feel, but fares a lot better than most.

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4

It took me a minute to get into, but once I did I really enjoyed. I get some Jim Morrison vibes from the lead singer. The music itself is a hypnotizing pulsating blend of new wave and synth pop. Though the use of synth and echo dates the album a bit, it comes together very well. The arrangement is careful and deliberate and creates a sense of suspension and release throughout.

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This one really surprised me at just how good it is. The songs are excellent, the playing...particularly bass and drums absolutely first rate and funky as hell. Jim Kerr hasn't quite found his trademark voice, sometimes sounding like Howard DeSoto, but you definitely see the arena rock mega stars that's to come. An excellent 80s rock album. 4.5 🌟

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Alright

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3

Slightly distracting but fun

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3

Not bad new wave fare. 3.5 because I'm not sure it has high relistenability for me

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3

pretty decent 80s stuff

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Mostly too typically 80’s sounding, but by the end I was digging it all right.

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Decent but at the end of the day fails to excite

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Not sure about this. I like some simple-minds. But it's not easy music.

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85

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It didn't pull me in

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3

Simple

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3

Needs another listen but not as fun as dont you forget about me

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3

I like the other album more. This is fine 80s but beyond that, eh.

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3

Took a while to get into this one. The last 3 tracks really stand out to me. Did enjoy listening

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This entire genre, what I have started calling "Inoffensive British 80s Pop" is way over-represented on this list. It's all fine. It's probably even good. But it's WAY over-represented on the 1001 albums, and it shows the original author's obvious biases. Simple Minds. More of the same. I don't mind it. May even add it to a few playlists. But, like, I couldn't hum any of these songs or tell you anything about them. They pass over me like a warm ocean wave, and are immediately forgotten.

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A classic 80s album that you can’t really hate on.

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This felt very 80's in a good relaxing way. I had the album on while I was working and breezed right through it, although, nothing really stood out to me. The album cover makes absolutely no sense to me either but at least the music was good!

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3

A kind of catchy vibe with annoying british joy division vocals.

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I was surprised to see this was their 5th album!  This album was lots of fun back in the day but, for me,  it hasn't aged particularly well. I know 40 years is a long time  but other LPs  from that era, like Zenyatta Mondatta and Fear of Music, have aged far more gracefully.  I would have given it a 4 if asked on the dance floor in 1982 but not in 2021. 

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3

I dunno. Pretty ok new wave album. Could take it or leave it.

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3

Some fun hooks but wasn’t my favourite

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Is this Tears for Fears again? What? It's not? I generally like 80s pop although I could do without the vocals that sound like they're echoing out of a well!

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3

Synth-y pop 80s band. Interesting beats. Not really my type.

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Didn’t listen to it. No interest in Simple Minds whatsoever. 3 stars as an average.

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3

Was expecting more from Simple Minds

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3

A cool new wave album with some of the best songs of its era. Lacks the big single it would’ve needed to make a wider impression and it’s for this and some other reasons that I can’t give this anything better than a 3/5.

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3

This album was pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of this production style from the 80s.

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just started listening but I think I might like

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Tof album. Hoewel jaren 80 klinkt het wmb niet gedateerd.

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Nice album but apart from the singles the others didn’t really hit the mark for me.

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Aika mones hyvin samankaltainen kasarilevy listalla. Soundi on ehkä hieman verrokkeja "tyylikkäämpi" ja jopa nykyaikaisille hipsteribändeille sopiva. Toisaalta sävellysten laatu jää jälkeen Duran Duranille ja ABC:lle. Ehkä Talk Talk on lähin referenssi listan aiemmista bändeistä. Biiseistä positiivisesti jäi mieleen erityisesti Glittering Prize, mutta suuri osa levystä oli aika mitäänsanomatonta, vaikkakin ihan miellyttävää rallattelua. Peruskolmonen, joka on kuitenkin selvästi lähempänä nelosta kuin kakkosta.

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Very eighties with heavy synthesizer and some new wave/dance melodies. A handful of potential hits including promised you a miracle and someone somewhere. Others didn’t stand up as well and seemed to lack direction. Promised you a miracle, Hunter and the hunted

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This did not do a whole lot for me. The overall affect seemed fairly flat and none of the lyrics really stood out. I didn't dislike it but it kind of faded into the background.

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Solo conocía el grupo realmente por el nombre sin ubicar una sola canción de ellos. Los consideraba como otro grupo más del montón ochentero de new wave que atiborraron la radio con el mismo sonido en su momento y... en parte es cierto. Es new wave sin mucho más que decir, pero creo que es un new wave muy muy decente. No se si merezcan estar en la lista, no tengo idea de su importancia "histórica" o al menos no pude encontrar ninguna en especial. La música si un poquito más sobresaliente que del monto, brillante y agradable. Me gustó pero pienso hay mejores expositores del género.

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I knew, sorta, that Simple Minds was more than just the one mega hit which isn't on this album. But I had to do some reading to see just how big they were outside of the US. That said, this album is fine. It's textured and the mix of guitars and synths are good. The lyrics are probably deeper than I give it credit for on one listen, but I just don't know how much I'll want to relisten to it.

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Hmm. It simmered, but it never seemed to pop for me. I love my 80s so it gets some credit there. Still - it didn’t live up to the hype.

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I had a dream about smothering by bollocks in gold and presenting them to the Queen on her long overdue deathbed. She thanked me and licked them before passing away with a smile on her face.

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Irish folk ist mir etwas lieber als Irish Pop

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ambitious, full of hope and wonder, packed with sonic details specific to the time of recording.

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I was not really expecting to like this, but it was better than I thought. The cover was definitely offputting. I usually don't really like 80s/new wave, but this was alright.

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Lovely stuff

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2.5

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I don’t know why I like synth pop, but I do.

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Unexpected selection and pretty solid. I gave it a few listens and particularly like the bass lines compared to ‘dont you forget about me’ solid 3

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3

It seemed very dated but an okay listen.

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Nice 80s sound

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The video for Promised You A Miracle shows the band playing guitar, bass and drums but I swear I can't hear any of those instruments. And that's part of my problem with this album, everything is synthesized. It really dates it. Sure, it's listenable enough and I suppose it's quite cool in a retro kind of way. Singer sounds like countless other singers from the same period. Some of the keyboard sounds do remind me of something or other, so I think there is a bit of 80s nostalgia that is appealing. Sounds strange, but I honestly don't know if I liked it or not.

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I dig it

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"Hey it's the 80's" - Daniel Laruso. Karate kid part 1

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3

Not as iconic as I had imagined, outside of "Don't You Forget About Me"

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3

Kind of a tail end disco feel. I was pleasantly entertained

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3.75

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Generic 80s rock.

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I never dove into simple minds, sort of discounted them. Better than I expected but not on the same level of similar artists at the time.

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3

This has some great singles and a neat title track, but also has a few boring songs that go for way too long (Colours Fly for instance). Musically wise, I like the bass a lot plus the delivery in the vocals, but the guitar is pretty low in the mix and the keyboards are pretty dated. The medieval album cover design is cool though. On a side note I found out through the Wikipedia page that Herbie Hancock did a solo on Hunter and the Hunted, a peculiar fact.

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Znowu wyspiarsko, tym razem synthowe brzmienia prosto ze Szkocji grupy Simple Minds z ktorymi wczesniej sie nie spotkalem, ale to zaskoczeniem nie jest biorac pod uwage w jak brytyjskie niuanse muzyczne lista pozwala sie zaglebic czlekowi, plyta z 82 jest piatym studyjnym krazkiem grupy, lata 80 wiec elektroniczne szalenstwo synthow polaczone z poszukiwaniem eksperymenntalnego brzmienia, cos jak happy mondays, ale tutaj te poszukiwania poszly w kierunku brzmienia koscielno organowego, albo takie mam wrazenie na podstawie artow z plyty i chocby samej okladki, ktora nawiazuje do tych motywow, ale ciezko je wylapac bezposrednio z liryki, zespol skladal sie z 7 czlonkow podczas nagrywania tego krazka, z czego az trzech to drumerzy, chociaz jakos szczegolnie nie czuc nacisku na ten instrument, bo raczej brzmienie tego syntha charakteryzuja klawisze od ostrych melodycznych brzmieniowo jak w muzyce tanecznej, po koscielne organy, wokalem grupy jest pan Jim Kerr, ktory z jednej strony spiewa dobrze, ale z drugiej nie ma w sobie czegos charakterystycznego z czego moglbym go pamietac za kilka dni czy tygodni, jako tworcy liryczni poszczegolnych trakow zcreditowana jest banda jako calosc, hajlajtowymi momentami byly openingowy someone somewhere i promised you a miracle, ktory po dwoch pierwszych melancholijnych trakach wnosi pewna optymistyczna euforie, ktora juz zostaje na albumie do konca jego trwania, calosc w orginalnym wydaniu ma 45 minut i jest rozbita na 9 kawalkow, potezna wersja na spotifaju ma ponad 4 godziny i 48 kawalkow, wiec od zatrzesienia dodatkowych tejkow i remixow, na plejke dodam dwa wspomniane wczesniej utwory

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3

A bit pompous

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first listen super ho hum, i really don't think new wave is my thing

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Super 80s, I enjoyed a listen to this album.

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Forgettable 80s pop

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A bit toooo 80s

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a mess :/

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Jams all the way through, though the sound seems dated. Perhaps I'm just jaded due to my love of e.g. Kate Bush and the high average rating I've given these albums so far. Is this actually worse overall than Tommy?

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Wanted to love this but it just washed over me, oh well

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80's new wave sound. I'm didn't really know any of the songs. Was this one of the top albums to listen to before I die?

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It’s super 80s and I’m not sure how I feel about it in this list?

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Wel prima maar nooit de grootste fan geweest van simple minds

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I did not find this very interesting.

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snork

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This 80s style just isn't really my thing

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80s total. Synths, sonidos y percusión chula

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Saved Prior: Promised You A Miracle Off Rip: Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) Cutting Edge: Big Sleep Overall Notes: Blended into the background most of the time. Not what I expected since Promised You A Miracle is such an odd song. Fine, but wouldn't be anywhere close to my first pick if you asked me to play an 80's synth album (shoutout OMD).

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Did not recognize many of these songs

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Such a huge band but not my flavour

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New Gold Dream really feels like a circular conversation put to music. The lyrics are nonsensical in the worst way, and the grooves never amount to anything beyond a flourish here and there. Definitely some worthwhile stuff hidden away here, but it's only worth listening to for archaeological purposes, not really for enjoyment. Fav Tracks: Promised You A Miracle

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It's weird but I don't think that I like 80s synthpop/new wave- weird because I LOVE modern day synthpop. This album sounds like one long track vs. 9 independent tracks. It's very plodding to get through. The songs are also WAY too long.

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Not bad, definitely not their best.... didnt enjoy the production of it, vocals were too low on a lot of the album.

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Some great 80s sounds but as an album it's just fine

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Standard Pop made uninteresting... 2 Stars because I didn't hate it, it was just dull.

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Not my jam. But, good 80's cheese

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simple music made for Simple Minds, you really do need a simple mind to like this

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Super boring

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Just a dime a dozen.

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7th September 2021 Listened on my phone during the day before meeting mum and fi in Victoria for supper and going to watch constellations again with Russell tovey this time. I liked this, I liked the anthemic vibe that they would go on to become more famous for.

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First listen. I like Simple Minds, but I heard nothing special here. 2/5 for now. Maybe it get's better with time.

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Tecno

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starts ok, then there are a couple rough ones.

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Didnt do much for me unfortunately

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i must be having a bad day or something, because i thought i was gonna like this, and i just didn't care. it was another album that faded into the background, and i only really noticed when it was over and the style changed as whatever next track came up.

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Eh. Nothing special.

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2/5 naaaah

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Never been a huge stereotypical 80's music fan but I'm sure someone who appreciates that genre would love it

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What a dreary affair. I have never got Simple Minds and this doesn’t help. What is Jim Kerr singing? Who knows? His vocals are lost in the mix, in favour of synths and echo. A band in love with the sound they are making. Such future! Maybe.

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Just okay. There are a lot of repeats on this album

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Not my taste in music. But a decent listen

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Background music for a Jesus-based circle jerk.

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i have no idea why this album is dressed up as a bible. 2 good tracks and a load of filler - just read one of the other ones about this format of album. strong 80s vibe, just doesn't really do anything with it.

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It's fine. but i'm never going to listen to it again. Of the synth pop 80s, there's stuff i enjoy a lot more.

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Track 01 - 1.75/5 Track 02 - 1.5/5 Track 03 - 1.25/5 Track 04 - 1.5/5 Track 05 - 2/5 Track 06 - 1.5/5 Track 07 - 1.25/5 Track 08 - 1.75/5 Track 09 - 2/5 Overall: 1.75/5 Album Art: 2/5

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// Favs: Score: Decent to Strong 2

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2nd listen. I like Simple Minds, but this isn't in the same league as some of their other work. 2/5. Maybe it will grow on me in time.

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Boring, didn't know these were the people who made the song from breakfast club

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I can do new wave. I can do angsty. I can do post-punk. But all three at a time? It's like mixing m&ms, skittles, and gum. Not a fan.

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Never really cared for Simple Minds back in the day and listening to this now doesn't change my opinion. Nothing for me here as their music has always been meh. Let's move on...

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Two half decent songs. The rest is boring.

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Awfully dated sound. Expensive production in the 80s that sounds like factory effects for karaoke on a 90s boom box. The low end has lovely punch, but the rest is just meh.

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Why "New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)"? And why the crucifix with a sacred heart? Are Simple Minds really simple? Well, upon listening to it, one would infer that yes, it's definitely simple. Just a generic '80s synthpop that didn't age well. "Someone Somewhere (in Summertime)" is a nice mellow pop track. But the rest is just a bunch of boring pop songs. The synth riffs are interesting sometimes, but the songs themselves are not that great. In the end, "New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)" just aged together with the other synthpop albums during that time. And no matter how interesting its name is, its sound is still indistinguishable from its peers.

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I think Simple Minds peaked with Empires and Dance (1980) and Sister Feelings Call and Sons and Fascination (1981). Even Real to Real Cacophony is good (1979). New Gold Dream is where they smooth all the jagged edges, and it's a great loss.

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I wasn't too familiar with Simple Minds, for some odd reason I keep confusing them with Tears for Fears. The album wasn't bad, I recognised the singles, rest of album didn't grab me on first listen. I did read the Wikipedia page about The Breakfast Club song, I didn't know it wasn't their song. They initially said no, kept getting asked so agreed, recorded it within half a day then forgot about it - until the movie came out and it got big radio airplay in the USA.

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I can see how this could be someone's thing, growing up in a town suddenly they discovered this album and no-one else got it like they did. I found it hard to focus on, like trying to catch a worm, it just kept slipping away and something else would pop into my head.

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Kept waiting for 'don't you forget about me' to come on and it never did. Didn't really matter as all the songs sounded the same and when the album finished I listened to their famous song which was a bit boring.

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A small number of fun singles. The rest... nope.

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Pure 80's music. The traditional beats, keyboards and synthesizers.

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Didn’t much care for these at the time, although I loved ‘Someone, somewhere….’ Quite enjoyed this listen though, particularly Glittering Prize.

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A couple ok songs.

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Meh.... a basic new wave without much to say.

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Don't know why I find music from this era so boring, but it really is. 2/5

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I wanted to be more interested...

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podsjeća me na soundtrack nekih angsty filmova iz 80-ih, al nije nešto šta baš slušan samoinicijativno

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Not as earth shattering as Jim Kerr thinks it is. Simple Minds belongs on this list, but not for this album (I'm a sucker for "Once Upon A Time").

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Listened to this on a road trip. It's ok. A little repetitive, but some good songs on there here and there in between all the synth.

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Meh

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This album managed to be so stereotypically yet inoffensively 80s that it really went in one ear and out the other. Couldn’t name you a single melody beyond some vague gestures at chorus-heavy guitar if I tried.

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This is not good.

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2016*. Key Songs: New Gold Dream

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Horrible album cover! Nothing standing out for me on this one.

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To 80's for my taste

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Hate it

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This sucked

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Demasiado sonido ochentero para mis oídos

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4 hours and 19 minutes, should have issued this on a Friday so I could find the time to listen to it all. Oh well no worries 🎧 listened to 4 and said Delete. Must mean I’m not a Simple Mind.

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Oh man. This was so incredibly boring. I don't remember any of the songs and couldn't tell you difference between any of them. No thanks

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YIKES!! This was a hard album for me to get through. I am not sure why this is even on the list? I understand they were a big new wave band but it seems like the worst attempt at Bowie, Roxy Music, electronic dance etc. I can see the attraction in the UK but not sure they were as big in NA until the big hit from Breakfast Club soundtrack. I never thought I would drop to a rating of 1 for anyone but it fits here. Favorite Track: None

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not my thing

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Didn’t like it

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Couldn’t get through a single song. Just awful

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Geneeristä kasarikuraa. Ei jäänyt oikein mitään käteen tästä. Kappaleet oli pitkäveteisiä, eikä hittibiisejä ollut mukana. Kovaa painia että annanko ykkösen vai kakkosen. Kääntyy ykkösen puolelle, kun ei oikein tule mieleen, että mitä tässä on edes yritetty.

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Horseshit

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This one was reeeeally boring. Absolutely no clue as to why people might enjoy this one. It's definitely not for me.

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Really did not like this. Seems like typically the type of thing I can at a minimum tolerate and usually find something to enjoy, but this was not it. It was the first version of 80's Brit Pop I have heard. It all felt like a really bad version of Sledgehammer and Phil Collins mashed up. Did not enjoy.

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Missing a lot. For example, bass. Really poor.

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no.

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Not my style

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hated it

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