Simple Minds

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We didn’t for­get about them Cel­e­brat­ing their 40th birthday in style, the Scot­tish sul­tans of synth have crafted a suc­cinct 16th ef­fort, com­ing in at just eight tracks yet with each more than ca­pa­ble of fit­ting into an es­tab­lished live set. Book­ended by Char­lie Burchill’s lus­trous, sus­tained notes and the in­fec­tious beat of the em­i­nently hummable Magic and shim­mer­ing sound­scapes of Sense Of

Dis­cov­ery, front­man Jim Kerr also de­liv­ers some of his catchi­est vo­cal melodies to date. Far from an act cap­i­tal­is­ing on the cur­rent nos­tal­gic trends, the rum­bling post­punk bass of Sum­mer, the ex­pres­sive solo of Bar­row­land Star and in­ter­galac­tic sheen of Utopia are hall­marks of a band who have spent decades pol­ish­ing their craft to an en­vi­able fin­ish. [AR] Stand­out track: Magic For fans of: Depeche Mode, U2

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