39922 Good News From The Next World
Produced by Keith Forsey & Simple Minds
Released on January 30, 1995
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #87
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T hey might as well have called themselves Us2 at this point. Now simply a duo of Jim Kerr and Charles Burchill plus session musicians, Simple Minds released a big-sounding disc that feels for the life of me like a bouncier Achtung Baby. The good news is that Kerr and Burchill pull it off somehow. Good News From The Next World beats with a vital, healthy heart, and the pair seem re-energized by the prospect of making more music. In fact, the songs themselves allude to that drive to discover, to keep on creating. You’ll hear it in “Night Music,” “This Time” and “And The Band Played On.” You’ll also find that new energy in the two hit singles, “She’s A River” and “Hypnotised.” Listen to these two tracks, and you’ll swear Simple Minds haven’t lost a step since the golden days. Not that I’m letting the pair off scot-free. For the disc’s photo shoot, Burchill and Kerr look like they’re sharing one Adam & the Ants outfit between them, and the entire packaging is built on two well-coiffed Scots shot in some filthy corner of the globe fighting social injustice through thoughtful posing. But glossy packaging is part of the Simple Minds experience; underneath the glitter lie the heart of a poet and the soul of a singer. I’ll admit that the glossy exterior slid off my sensibilities on the first listen. I had the same reaction to Once Upon A Time. But by the third time you hear “She’s A River,” “Hypnotised” and the end of “And The Band Played On,” it would take a tin ear not to hear something masterful in them. Good News From The Next World is bigger, better and bolder than a two-man band has a right to be. Headliners indeed.

39922 gatefold sleeve
39922 gatefold sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. SHE'S A RIVER
  2. NIGHT MUSIC
  3. HYPNOTISED
  4. GREAT LEAP FORWARD
  5. 7 DEADLY SINS
  6. AND THE BAND PLAYED ON
  7. MY LIFE
  8. CRIMINAL WORLD
  9. THIS TIME
  10. (JPN CD bonus track:) CELTIC STRINGS

    All songs written by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill

CREDITS

CHARLIE BURCHILL -- guitars, keyboards
JIM KERR -- vocals
Tal Bergman -- drums
Mark Browne -- bass
Vinnie Calaiuta -- drums
Malcolm Foster -- bass
Pat Hodges -- backing vocals
Maxann Lewis -- backing vocals
Marcus Miller -- bass
Lance Morrison -- bass
Mark Schulman -- drums
Julia Waters -- backing vocals
Stefani Spruill -- backing vocals
Brian Reeves -- engineer
Tom Lord Alge -- mixing
Stylorouge -- design & art direction
David Scheinmann -- band photography
Rob O'Connor & Stuart Mackenzie -- textural photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NET January 30, 1995 Virgin LP/CD V/CDV-2760 gatefold cover
US/CAN January 30, 1995 Virgin CD/CS 39922  
JPN 1995 Virgin CDX VJCP-25104 w. bonus track
TAI 1995 EMI CD 39922  
UK 2002 Virgin CD SIMCDX-11 digital remaster
UK 2003 Virgin CD SIMCD-11 digital remaster

 

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