As another 12 months draws to a close, it looks as if 2014 will be remembered as the year the comeback made a comeback.
Simple Minds laid the ground for their name to be added to a list which includes ELO, Aphex Twin, Kate Bush, U2 and Lily Allen with a series of reissues earlier this year.
The deluxe versions of the band’s early 80s albums were designed to remind the public that Jim Kerr and co were once an edgy indie band, not just the stadium rock behemoths of the other end of that decade.
Big Music follows neatly on from that exercise. The group’s new streamlined synth-rock sound, much beloved of The Killers and co, has its feet firmly in the eighties – but the eighties as we would like to remember them, all big catchy choruses and keyboards, rather than as they actually were.
It is a mainstream record rather than another Real to Real Cacophony but fans of those early Minds classics will find much to love here.
Like this? Try these: White Lies, Big TV; Duran Duran, The Wedding Album
By Andrew Greenhalgh