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Classic Album Review: Simple Minds | Cry

Jim Kerr & his revamped Scottish popsters party like it's 1989 on their 13th album.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Some folks never want to admit the party’s over. Like, for instance, Simple MindsJim Kerr and Charlie Burchill.

Here we are, nearly a generation since they last breathed the rarefied air at the toppermost of the poppermost, yet they refuse to give up hope. Or their signature U2-ish synth-pop sound, which returns yet again on the revamped Minds’ 13th studio album Cry. A disc of new material that somehow sounds as dated as the soundtrack to a Molly Ringwald movie, these dozen cuts swirl and swish and sway to the same sparkling strings, lightly rocking beatboxes and burnished synth lines as the band’s old greatest hits, once again voiced in Kerr’s mature mellow-fellow tones. Ironically, Cry is less original than their inspired 2001 covers disc Neon Lights. But if you’re feeling nostalgic for your old parachute pants, Cry may be worth a laugh. Feel free to party like it’s 1989.