Early Gold by Simple Minds
Released: Jun 2003
Label: Virgin Catalogue
There was a time, back before Jim Kerr took to wearing Seinfeld shirts and playing arenas, that Simple Minds were startlingly novel, to the extent that each release was received with hushed reverence and unquestioned respect. This collection features some of those songs: those perfect pieces of clever synth pop and early new wave, packed with complex melodies and canny lyrics. You could release "I Travel" or "Love Song" in 2006 and put most electro-clash outfits out of work. Listen and learn.
Nicholas Baker
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