Black And White 050505
Jesus! Just how many Viagra did these boys take?
A long time ago in a galaxy far away, Simple Minds were not only up there with U2 but a short nose ahead,
Jim Kerr and the boys filling stadiums and pounding out anthems like
Waterfront into the lighter illuminated night. Falling from chart grace, they
soldiered on, although after covers album
Neon Lights one wondered if minds had been lost along with band members.
But the jokes must stop, as
Black And White is an astounding return to form.
Charlie Burchill have gone back to the basics of the
Simple Minds sound and written a lean nine-song album heavy on anthems that contains
no fat and no filler. Stay Visible sets the tone, with
Burchill carving out a stringing guitar melody that unleashes
a re-invigorated Kerr.
Underneath The Ice continue an ascent that is almost Apollo-like in its vertical momemtum.
Kiss The Ground are also fine examples of
Kerr's ability to put
Bono in the shade as a writer of image, evoking lyrical Pandora. All told a perfect rock
album and perfect material to be belted out live in venues ranging from medium-sized clubs to lighter-illuminated stadiums.