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Picture Book

Simply Red

1985

Picture Book

Album Summary

Picture Book is the debut album by British pop and soul group Simply Red, released in October 1985. It contains the U.S. #1 single "Holding Back the Years", the band's most successful single, and a cover of The Valentine Brothers' "Money's Too Tight (to Mention)". Three other singles were released from the album: "Come to My Aid", "Jericho", and "Open Up the Red Box". The album helped Simply Red earn a 1987 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. "Holding Back the Years" was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. A special version of the album was released on the then new Compact Disc + Graphics, or CD+G format which when played on a suitable CD player, 4 bit raster graphic images, text and animations would also be displayed on a connected TV screen.

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Rating

2.87

Votes

4582

Genres

  • New Wave
  • Soul
  • Pop
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Thu Jan 20 2022
1

Band has big "Jamiroquai but different be-hatted cunt in charge" vibes.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
1

The funny thing is listening to this album, it was even worse than I expected it to be. There have been some dubious selections so far which make me question the validity of the 1001 albums but this takes the biscuit. I refuse to believe that this is one of the 1001 greatest albums ever made. If you Google 'Best albums of 1985' you get lists with some great albums, none of which are by Simply Red.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

"This is the second Simply Red song on this tape. One's unforgivable. Two's a war crime. Can I fast-forward?"

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

definitely smooth and not in a lacklustre way. It feels like a lot of love went into this album. Feels like sitting at a bar with a drink and a stranger, just to swap stories and part ways.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

I like the purple skin on the album cover. Billy Idol sprang to mind, both of there styles are very soulful. I especially like the intricate percussion parts.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

I know I will be alone on this one but I can appreciate this sort of 80s sophistipop. The talking heads cover was a bit of a surprise and I didn't love it but I generally enjoy the confluence of synths and soul from this era. 3.5 up to 4.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead. Features the U.S. number-one "Holding Back the Years" and the U.K. Top 20 "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)."

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Mick Hucknall has an amazing voice. Their best songs sounds like he's vocally grappling with the music; all snarls, growls and whips. This album contains a lot of Simply Red's best songs, like U2 I'm not sure why this band is seen as 'uncool' but I guess that's someone else's loss.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Enjoyed this, tight 80s smooth soulful pop. Reminded me of Phil Collins/Genesis at times and Michael Jackson at others. Fav track: Jericho

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

A version lesser than "Go Back Jack Do it Again" of Steely Dan. Ok

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

Simply no

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

when the reds go marching, on on on! he's like the much better prototype of the used teabag that is ed sheeran. hideous ginger creature, the pastiest of things with suspisious eyes using predominantly black music styles to sing music that gets the women going. the prototype completed women though didn't he. can't see ed sheeran ever conquering slick mick in the all time tables. micks got a pretty good voice if you didn't know what he looked like, but there's just something so jarring about MOR soul being belted out by someone who looks like an eco warrior that's been trapped in a tunnel for the last 5 months surviving off stale golden wonder crisps and drinking his own piss.

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Mon May 24 2021

Simply Shite more like, amirite.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Fabulous take from the 80s. Can’t believe I’d never listened to this before

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Got through the first half, realized this album is a masterpiece in my eyes

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Classic 80s music. Memories of college and dance clubs 🥰

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Classic. Virtually every song is excellent.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Amazing album. So fun to listen to and definitely will be revisiting again.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Fav songs: - Come to My Aid - Money's Too Tight (To Mention) - No Direction - Picture Book

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

meh

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

This album was shockingly awesome

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

There's 2 or 3 pretty good songs dotted amongst a load of absolute drivel. I preferred The Frantic Elevators, but who doesn't? Mick Hucknall though innit, so he deserves 10 stars, never mind 5.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Was actually not bad. Good discovery!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Finally a really good 80's album. 4.2 I could listen to this front to back and be content.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Never heard of this group, but this was a really nice album. At times it reminded me of a version of Peter Cetera with an extra helping of soul. What genre is this, exactly? It's somewhere between pop, R&B, and soul, and I like the exploration of that blended space. The kind of thing that could be called easy listening. Favorite tracks: Holding Back the Years, Jericho, Open Up the Red Box, Come to My Aid. Album art: Really like this one, a cool painting both in aesthetic and temperature. Never seen it before, but it leaves an impression (see what I did there?). 4/5

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Good

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Wow! A lot of fun. I'll admit that I was sick of another "Debut album by British pop & ___ band". This list is lousy with debut albums by British pop and [something]" artists. Great beats. Real 80s. Sound. Michael Jackson-esque vocals. Really surprised to hear that these dudes hail from Manchester. I found the Heaven cover to be a bit lame, but mostly because I think Talking Heads are untouchable. Money is my favorite track.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Good music, great memories

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Beautiful brilliant neosoul album from the mid80s new wave Manchester scene no more no less

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

What a voice! Simply Red's best album, by far. It aged, yes, but not too badly.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

not what i expected. very soulful.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Big fan …. Liked these tunes

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

erstaunlich jazzy

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

This was way better than I expected. I knew the singles but the album was punchy with a very strong groove capped by a fine ,fine singer.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

heh guapete

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Great album

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Another one that works much better for me without the visual. Anyone who reads this: you must now sing the lyrics to Money’s too tight to mention to the tune of Let’s get ready to rumble by PJ and Duncan. Ta

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

While I didn't recognize the name, I certainly remembered the single "Holding Back the Years". Great vocals and good groove to the whole album. I probably won't go back and listen to it again, but it was enjoyable. Solid 4.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Beautiful

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

6/10

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Просто хороший

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Ik ben niet zo hele bekend met het repertoire van Simply Red, anders dan de bekende hits. Dit album begint meteen herkenbaar en gaat daarna in een zeer lekkere jazzy vibe verder. ****

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Surprisingly funky. Main gripes are the vocals are slightly annoying and the lyrics have nothing. 8/10

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

7/10. Maybe an 8 out of 10? Solidly enjoyable throughout, nothing grabbed my attention

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

The debut album from Simply Red - classic stuff... ...although perhaps the overall album isn't as good as the (over-played at the time) Heaven and Money's Too Tight (To Mention)...?!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Never heard of them. This was very cool, especially the first song

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

The Talking Heads cover (Heaven) just doesn't approach David Byrne's tongue-in-cheek delivery, and frankly doesn't work for me, but overall it's a nice album. Anyone not moved by Holding Back the Years simply has no soul, in my opinion.

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Simply Red (and Mick Hucknall) have long been the butt of jokes and the sneers of critics on these shores, and as such I was primed to join in with the ludification. But...this is really good. Hucknall is a good singer, the album is full of grooves, and in 'Holding Back the Years' they have a ballad for the ages. I really dig the light funk groove that pervades - 'Come to My Aid', 'Jericho', 'Money's Too Tight' all sparkle. 'Sad Old Red' is a very decent cabaret jazz number. One that I'll stick on the stereo again in the near future.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Long promised road, Money’s too tight

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

I really enjoyed this album I thought it was very groovy and fun and overall enjoyable!

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

I had not listened to this group before. The work has that classic British one-two hop-groove that can be quite funky at times. Lyrics surprisingly heartfelt and relatable - very authentically delivered.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I vibe with all the style changes

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

Debut album for Simply Red. Much soul through an 80s lens. Good stuff, but too few real standouts. 3.5/5

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Wed Nov 11 2020
3

The opening of the album is heralded by an extremely dated synth line which immediately suggests the worst, but the rest of the songs fail to follow through with that promise. The Birks' Works quote is a particular high point, and while the title track is a rather indulgent note to end on, the musicianship is high-quality all the way through.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

This was okay to listen to. Only a couple of songs were standouts.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Quite a nice album, not sure if it's for me but I have a feeling I will give it another go

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

cuando aún no usaba la voz tan chillona, buen soul y blues para ser blancos

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Not bad for background. Somewhat boring though

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

A este disco también le tuve que dar dos pasadas. Casi todo el disco tiene como una onda melancólica, no tanto por el ritmo, sino por los acordes/escala que utilizan. En mi mente, este disco suena como un Maroon 5 ochentero.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

First song was 80s cheese. Then 2nd is sorta Soul and live? What the hell is Jericho's lyrics? Personal enjoyment would be a like a 2. But it's to be objective I guess a 3. He's not a bad singer and nothing is bad, but absolutely not my music.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Simply Adequate.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Surprisingly good. I'm definitely now of the right age to really appreciate this record. Younger me would have hated this.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

How is this essential? This is easily the most dated album I’ve gotten so far.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Had a hard time making sense of this one, especially after the first track was super 80's synthy and then the second track was jazz/big band. Overall I didn't like the album that much but it did make me curious about them. Loved their Talking Heads "Heaven" cover, it made me appreciate the lyrics in a way that I hadn't in the TH version.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

80’s stuff. Kinda boring

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Decent quality guilty pleasure. But if i think of him, i need to listen to something else.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

This was alright, easy listening

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Pop. Soul. Agradable.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

It's one of my mom's favorite bands. I don't think extended versions should be evaluated the same way. Maybe I would prefer to listen to the original album.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

This felt like something I would have heard when I was younger, a sort of poppy soft rock. Kind of felt like Peter Gabriel at moments but also like other 80's pop/rock. I really enjoyed the opening song and it immediately was stuck in my head. Some of the others were skips but overall I enjoyed this one. Creepy album cover.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

“Picture Book” by Simply Red (1985) One of the benefits of doing daily reviews of music selected randomly by someone else is that every once in a while, you across music that is good, but that somehow you missed over the years. This is one of those good albums. Good grooves, tight but colorful rhythms, thoughtful lyrics. Lead vocal is good, marred only by airy lows and tinny highs. Arrangements are elaborate enough to sustain interest, featuring well executed keyboards and trumpet. If I had heard this in 1985, I’d like to think I would have been a fan of Simply Red. That's all I have today It's all I have to say 3/5

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Holding Back the Years was a beautiful serenade. Kept thinking I was listening to Carly Simon or Annie Lennex. Had some good song… If you don’t Know Me By Now….then listen to their best

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Sun Mar 21 2021
3

If feel like the artist doesn't know what genre to play so he plays them all.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Enjoyable, but wasn't in the mood.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

not to bad.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Great voice but only a couple of songs really caught my attention, predictably "Holding Back the Years" and "Money's too tight (to mention)

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

The pop tracks are great, the lounge tracks are not

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Favourite Song: Holding Back the Years

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Thu May 27 2021
3

This feels like a combination of disco or soul music with sprinkles of indie or blues thrown in depending on the song. It really defies categorization. Unfortunately, most of the songs aren't very good. Heaven is the best song from a bluesy standpoint and money's too right is like a generic disco song. Overall, this is a 5/10 album. I would say it doesn't belong on the 1001 albums list.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Funky tunes, enjoyed it but not memorable enough

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Thu May 06 2021
3

I've heard of Simply Red but never listened to their music. Not what I was expecting, actually enjoyed their music though the album wasn't very exciting.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

I liked Money's Too Tight (To Mention)

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Funky music Pop dance genre 3/5

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Mon May 10 2021
3

I don't hate this album. I just prefer Style Council.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Simply ok

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

Liked more than I thought I would

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

Good music, although the most repetitive sections really stood out for me (No Direction) and put me off. 80% of it I liked but 20% of it was working against me.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Some tracks sound embarrassingly dated but Holding back the years and Moneys too tight manage to hold up well. Credit to Mick Hucknall for his strong vocals and for a good effort for a debut album.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

If you don't know simply red by now, you may never, never, never know them. Pretty good debut album.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Heel erg soulfull album. Begon wel een klein beetje te vervelen na een tijdje

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

This album surprised me. Loved it.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

This guy has a crazy powerful voice, but to listen to him for an hour straight is made me a bit nauseous.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
3

Better than I had expected.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

easy listening, typical 80s synth style with a smooth voice. Nice!

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Very nice smooth production made for easy listening.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Better than I expected.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

These guys are a better band than I remember. There are some really good tunes on here, but all of it is just outside of my style preferences. It's very dated to the eighties.... instrument choice and production wise

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

11/24/2021 Today's Album: "Picture Book" by Simply Red - I like this album decently well. I think the sound is really clean and emblematic of what was going on with pop rock in the 80s. Some moments sound like Michael Jackson, Prince, Alan Parson's Project, The Police, and maybe even some Van Halen? There's some really nice stuff on the opening moments of the album, like the Paul Simon like anthem that is Come to my Aid or the soultry bassline that backs Sad Old Red. I think that there are some very forgettable songs on this album, but that isn't to say there isn't great musicianship throughout the rest of the track list with some catchy hooks and groovy basslines. Overall, I had a good time when I was listening to it. It definitely had a coherent feel and consistent vibe throughout Score: 6.5/10 pretty good. Highlights: Come to My Aid, Sad Old Red, Heaven, Holding Back the Years, Open up the Red Box, Picture Book

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Easily a good album in its own right, but not my style, so I probably won't return to this one. Some fun groovy motown 80s-ness, but also a bit of excess cheesiness that described many 80s songs. Love the singer's voice a lot; sorta a mix between Phil Collins and George Michael and Elton John?

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

3/5 okeyish but no

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

There is another challenger for the battle against the mediocrity of '80s synthpop. Equipped with elements from jazz and soul, as well as a pretty good vocalist, Simply Red made a pretty nice effort in it in their debut, "Picture Book". But unfortunately, they lost the battle. The generic sound of the '80s synthpop didn't engulfed them, but it knocked them to the ground. "Come to My Aid" is such an early triumph. The banger sounds generic, but they used the sound well and produced such an electrifying synth pop song. After it comes a live (?) jazz infused song. While the instrumentals here are great, the overall sounds are unremarkable and even boring. It's not really downhill from here. Some songs, especially the slower ones, are pretty good. But it's all dull and boring. Not exactly generic, but still terrible. Not a really bad album though. An easy listen, at least for the first time.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

Fun(ky) - very 80s and funny fairlight i guess trumpet but yea so far quite pleasant melodies. 'sad old red' is jazz n nice. it's all quite pleasant but idk if it's for me in the foreground...

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

6/10 some jams but the 80s overproduction and corny vocals detracted at times

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Very good music for drive time home just as night is falling

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Before Mick Hucknall went full tosser.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

I thought this was peak 85, then a sax solo started..... Very enjoyable tunes

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

This was good as background music. Nothing really stood out to me.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Not a bad pop album. Definitely have some mixed feelings as some songs were catchy and good and others were almost skippable. Definitely a product of its era as well which made this one just ok. 5.8/10

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

I know a few Simply Red songs, but only recognised one here (didn't catch the name) and I didn't even know it was Simply Red. Definitely wasn't a worldwide smash hit like STARS was in the early 90s - boy do I remember that!! Overall, I really don't have anything bad to say about this album. If you're a hipster you'll hate how well written, cleanly produced and nicely pulled off it is (did they not even know just what groundbreaking garbagey talentless noise dinosaur jnr were making at the same time?!), but if you're not a complete toss it'll just come across as well written, cleanly produced and nicely pulled off. Not my fav genre by any stretch but totally ok for 45min on a Sunday morning. 3/5.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Nice enough album, a couple hits and the rest were pretty chill.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Dangerously close to liking a Simply Red album here. Money's too tight to mention still slaps.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

I like the hits from this album, but the whole thing is a bit much.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

Actually enjoyed this a fair bit more than I thought I would. Those initial expectations were pretty low mind ...

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Thu May 19 2022
3

This album has moments of where everything seems to line up and the instrumentals and vocals complement each other well. However, when mixing a timeless style like soul, and a very dated synth sound, it’s bound to be jarring when listened to 35 years after its release. The lyrics occasionally express economic anxieties that were prevalent at the time especially in the UK, but there’s such a disjunction between the music and words being sung that it doesn’t quite have the same effect as a new wave album for example that expresses the same sentiment. Overall, not bad, not great, but an interesting clash of styles.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

I didn't have cable growing up, but my grandparents did and we'd visit them a couple times a year. I wanted them to have MTV, but the cable tier they had only had Vh1. So I got a big dose of this, Tracy Chapman and Swing Out Sister. And I'm all the better for it. Holding Back the Years is a great song. Hoo boy, though, Jericho. That one almost broke me. Yeah, nothing really gets to that same height as Holding Back, but this isn't hack work. They're putting their backs into it.

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Fri May 27 2022
3

some funky stuff but in the end it's soft rock. You know what you getting, and it doesn't excite me.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

A love/hate album for me. So many brilliant synthesizer lines and very catchy sounds that defined the 80s, but at the same time, half of the songs make me think Simply Red were trying too hard to be popstars by clumsily borrowing soul music or jazz aesthetics. Glad to know them better anyway!

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

The New Wavish songs on this album are bangers, but the other jazziest ones are pretty weak. It's a good album, just not an excellent one.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Groovy. The cover of ”Heaven” stands out as particularly effective, otherwise the music is very of it’s time

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Chrerlin

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

It's okay.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

rock suave com pegada anos 80, divertido mas não especial

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Surprisingly good and funky. Felt like the music over powered the voice at times but it’s alright

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Read voice

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

3 1/2

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Sensual vibes

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Very diverse album. Straight 80s to lounge Jazz.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

I don't think I've heard of them before this but it's enjoyable. Very 80s pop. Gives me Steely Dan vibes.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Good album. Didn’t go mega hard but solid

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

It’s new wavey duran duran style pop rock with the flavour of soul… It’s quite good but if I were to be honest nothing really stuck too much on me and the album can feel fairly uninteresting and samey at points. Take the first side for example it goes faster song, slower song,faster song, slower song then Jericho a song that for the most part I’ve already herd through the first 4 songs being a very middling type track in every aspect instead of it’s length and the “ you won’t go to the ball” bit feels kinda cringeworthy. Maybe that’s a bit to mean to brand the first 4 as faster song and slower song but it’s fair. To be more detailed about the 4 come to my aid was forgettable, sail old red was also a bit dull, Look at you now was fun but nothing special and heaven is very good but a cover. The groovy moneys too tight to mention starts off side two with a banger (the kinda track all side two track one’s should be) still though it’s a cover track so not much of the songs best moments are their original ideas. Holding back the years is a nice middle of the road single it apparently charted really well but I don’t think I’ve ever herd this maybe because it’s forgettable. I don’t really like the vocals in the chorus of open up the red box but the rest of it is just eh mid side 2 filler. The penultimate track no direction is full funk if it was on side one I think it’s inclusion would’ve felt more valid. Picture book is a solid closer though one of the only tracks I rate highly on this album. It’s a 3 maybe if the album was sequenced better I would’ve liked it but it’s just a bit bland. I would’ve sequenced it like this: 1 Come to my aid 2 sad old red 3 No direction 4 look at you now 5 holding back the years 6 Moneys too tight to mention 7 Heaven 8 Jericho 9 picture book (Yes I know I cut out open the red box but I just kinda felt it was a bit filler)

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Pretty solid album with a well balanced tracklist and quite interesting songs.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

I feel like I've had a series of these middle-of-the-road, three-star albums lately. Like nothing bad or offensive about them, I could even say I somewhat enjoyed listening to them, but also nothing really special or super-interesting about them. Maybe it's just me. It's a decent album, but that's about it. 3 stars.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

A good album, I hadn't heard of them before. Really enjoyed the use of jazz instruments, the flutes, horns, stand up bass. Would listen again. Sound was British 80s pop, but jazzy and soulful.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

This album was alright. At times had elements of disco, pop, jazz and always had an 90's feel to it. Standout was the catchy "Come to My Aid"

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Good storytelling

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

не оставило впечатлений

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Always a little dubious of the so-called blue eyed soul, particularly (and this is an unfair prejudice) when it originates in the UK - similar feelings on the blues. You can’t argue this guy’s got a Voice though, yet I don’t think that quite carries it for me. It’s best when the accompaniment is more traditional, some of this has a kind of light-jazzy-pop vibe that magnifies the whole “but is it really authentic?” issue.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

2 good songs. One very bad song

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Tue Oct 06 2020
2

I dunno - conflicting feelings. Only listened to it once, but felt like a watered down Wham!

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Mon Nov 02 2020
2

1985. Key Songs: Come to My Aid, Holding Back the Years

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Thu Sep 24 2020
2

skimde deil

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Fri Jan 08 2021
2

Udefinerbart, opmuntrende, instinktivt, spontant

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Sun May 23 2021
2

Buttrock

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

meh........ not too fond of the style....

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

meh, didn't move my needle

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

Just really felt like a random British pop group. Didn't stand out for me in any way.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

Simply 80s... Fine for what it is, but it does nothing for me.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
2

Some good songs but not for me

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Mon May 10 2021
2

First side was pretty poor, few good tracks on side 2 but overall a forgettable experience

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Lo esperaba una rayita peor, con los antecedentes que tenía, sin embargo ya abierto a aceptar la música que los "adultos contemporáneos" oían en los ochenta, le alcanzo a ver algo de valor. El problema es que no me encantan los teclados, los metales que usa, la voz, las percusiones… Creo que solo el bajo me pasa. 'No Direction' y las marimbas de 'Come to My Aid' me chocaron.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Production: 7/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 8/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 5/20 =28 "His music's rubbish and he's a ginger." - Tony Wilson

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Ehh it was 80s

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

ugh. i wanted to like that, i really did. but i didn't.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

A ratos me gustó, a ratos me aburrió. Supongo que no es mi tipo de música. Tiene momentos interesantes y un par bastante movidos pero nada que quiera volver a escuchar.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Meh. Pretty boring. 4/10

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

damn I hate those 80's synths... the album closes strong but the damage is done

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

meh

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

I actually have this album on vinyl so I’ve listened to it before. Although the singer has a pretty unique/cool voice and a few of the songs are really catchy and funky, I just didn’t really enjoy this album overall. Maybe with repeat listens more songs would grab me. Reminds me a lot of Hall & Oates, but not as fun and awesome. Stand out tracks: come to my aid, look at you now and moneys too tight.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

This kind of reminds of department store music. Not really my thing and the singer kind of sounds like a poor man's Nina Simone. 4/10.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

Forgettable 80s adult contemporary. “Holding back the years” is an amazing standout (though a cover) but that’s about it.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

not really something i like but i can tell its good music nonetheless

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Thought I was gonna hate this so much but its actually catchy AF 😂 he's got a decent voice tbf to him. Real mix between like Lounge Soul and more funky dance stuff. Prob worth a 3. Maybe actually a 2,its ite but just not for me. 2.5 at best.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

i’m sure holding back the years was fire back in the day

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Mon May 24 2021
2

not my thing

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Wasn't my thing

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Ok. I heard it. I can die now

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Tue May 11 2021
2

I did not care this album. I was not familiar with the band or any of the songs. It definitely had an 80s sound to it, but the songs sounded much different from each other.

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Mon May 24 2021
2

I like the big Simply Red hits more than i perhaps ought to. I'm just about old enough to have nostalgia for them. This is still kinda boring though.

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Mostly inoffensive. First half much better than the later tracks, which drag this down from being middle-of-the-road.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
2

We listened to this over breakfast at which point my co-judge offered her opinion that it was "stinky", and on second listen (with headphones) I agree that a few songs, especially the debut smash hit, "Holding Back the Years" are over-the-top stinky. But I liked the title track and though I usually hate covers, I thought their version of Heaven was transformative. He has a great voice and I like the fact that the theme of not having any money shows up in a number of songs. So 5/10 from me with rounding down due to the radio-ready production.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

En dan ben ik nog mild. Ik vind Simply Red echt verschrikkelijk, komt door die neuzelige stem.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Op de hitjes na loop ik hier niet heel warm voor.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Best leuk die Simply Red, maar snap nu waarom ik niet een heel album volhoud. Veel te glad allemaal! En van die stem moet je echt houden.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Kolejne wyspiarskie granie, tym razem banda Simply Red rodem z manchesteru, rocznik tego debiutanckiego albumu to 85, a gdyby klasyfikowac gatunkowo to najbardziej pasuje niebieskooki soul po dosc popowej stronie spektrum gatunku, 44 minuty na 10 trakach, gdzie wiekszosc kawalkow miesci sie w 4 minutowym radio pleju tajmie, pomimo tego ze dlugosciowo plyta jest akurat, nie za dluga nie za krotka, to jednak czuje, ze za tydzien juz nie bede pamietal z niej zadnego traczka, zarowno lirycznie plyta niczym nie przyciaga uwagi, instrumentalnie kawalki takie jak sad old red czy jericho grane sa jak cool jazzowe numery, ktore pod tym wzgledem slucha sie dobrze, ale obok nich czuc kontrast bardziej soulowo rokowych numerow jak otwierajacy come to my aid, ktory krzyczy swoimi trumpetami i klawiszami, to sa lata 80, nie potrafie zrozumiec jak banda chciala polaczyc tak dwa rozne style grania na jednym materiale i kto byl zadowolony z finalnego efektu, ze az album znalazl sie na liscie 1001 albumikowej, ale tak juz to jest z wyspiarskimi materialami, na plejaka wrzuuce sobie moneys too tight ktory najlepiej laczy dwa swiaty plyty w jednym traczku, takie zdziwienie dlaczego ten traczek tak rozni sie lirycznie od reszty materialu, a okazuje sie, ze jest to cover murzynskiego soulowego kawalka od the valentine brothers z 70s, wiec pan Hucknall, ktory jest tutaj glownym wokalem i klawiszami jest tak bialy, ze tego pietno jest odczuwalne na liryce tej plyty, z ciekawostej jeden traczek pisany byl przez pana Bryne z Talking Heads, to jest heaven, ktory rowniez pasuje tutaj jak piesc do nosa, im dluzej sie tej plyty slucha tym gorzej chce sie ja oceniac, wiec koncze ten wymeczony odsluch

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

I'm going to be open minded about this record.... but I just cannot like Simply Red, just not interested in 80s soul.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

I don't know Simply Red enough to tell you what music is theirs. Before listening to the album I was pretty sure that I do not like this band. I've heard "Holding Back the Years" many times and I've never liked that track. I listened to the whole album, but it was kind of a slog to get through. It's not bad music, it's just not for me. I wouldn't know who to recommend the album to.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
2

5/10

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

I don't think this has aged well

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

On the cheesy uninteresting side - but it’s got its own sound

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

meh

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

MOtR

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

This is an actual enigma. It's so bland that I completely forgot every song, every word sung and every note played the second the album ended. I didn't gain or lose anything. Can't decide if this is a 1/5 or a 2/5 - probably like a 1.75, so I'll be generous and round it up.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
2

Belangloser Pop-/Disko-Kram. Aber auf hohem Niveau.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

nähädu, den gubben går inte. det är som att picka sig själv under nageln med en nål

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

There were a couple of good songs, but it was mostly very bland soft rock with generally godawful 80s production with every single worst cliché of that decaee

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Lacked bops but some nice bits.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Started off pretty well, got a bit tedious by the end. Simply Meh

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

I remember a few of their songs. While back then, as I do know, I find their sound overall to be just too syrupy for me, I can appreciate Mick Hucknall's voice. I listened to this album and I was bored for the most part. Although it was played a ton back in the 80s, I was surprised to find I did enjoy "Holding Back The Years". I like the groove and it showcases Mick's voice nicely. When I hear this song, my ear wants a grittier, darker version, and I think that applies to this whole album for me. I'll bet there are some great covers out there.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

It's a good album, and there are a couple of good songs, but just overall not something I enjoy.

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Fri May 13 2022
2

Simply Shite.

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Fri May 20 2022
2

I think all this soft 80s adult-oriented pop is payback for me having missed the two Black Sabbath records. That's on me, guys. You make a deal with the devil and the devil wants his due. I didn't mind "Heaven," "Holding Back the Years," or "Picture Book." But I'm going to have that lower octave singing of the line "Open Up the Red Box" stuck in my head the rest of my life and I am not sure I deserved that one.

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Wed May 25 2022
2

2, was ok but generic

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Sun May 29 2022
2

Ehh... pretty middle of the road 80s schlock. Not that great and sounds very dated. 2.5/5

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Boring. I'm giving a 2 stars just because I know it's a cult album. Pale copie of other artist such more talented. So Beige...

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Fri Jun 10 2022
2

Maybe I'm too harsh with this album? I don't know. Just give us better albums and it won't happen again.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

Lots of covers... ok, but the mid-80s production is wretched.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

It does instantly make me feel like I'm in high school again. That's not a bad thing. But I don't really love the music - it's just more than a little dull and smooth. Very distinctive singer, not sure if I like it or not, but I'm sure it wouldn't matter - it's just sort of non-memorable. Funny - there are albums I disliked a hell of a lot more than this one but understood why they could be on the list. This one's a mystery. 4/10 2 stars.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

Simply Red were always one of the bands I said I HATED! All the singles I've heard have been atrocious and headache inducing. I went into Rhos with an open mind, and you know what it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting!

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Sun Aug 07 2022
2

Cover art 1/5 Album a two

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