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ALbum review: Simple Minds - 'Graffiti Soul'

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ALbum review: Simple Minds – ‘Graffiti Soul’

No band in the last 30 years has done more to inflict grievous harm on its own body of work by refusing to call it a fucking day than Simple Minds. Despite initially turning in a wheelbarrow full of astounding albums they’ve been air-brushed from critical history because of two decades of fly-blown dung such as ‘Mandela Day’. To be fair, this is easily the best thing they’ve done since the mid-’80s and ‘Rockets’ and ‘Moscow Underground’ have some of that epic post-punk/new-wave disco spirit of yore, but it’s still not enough. If Simple Minds had stopped the second ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ was released then they’d still be remembered as a truly great band. As it is, this is not enough on its own to restore their tarnished reputation.

John Doran


More on this artist:
Simple Minds NME Artist Page
Simple Minds’ website