Big Music (Simple Minds album) – Wikipedia

2014 studio album by Simple Minds
Big Music is the one-sixteenth studio album by scottish rock ring Simple Minds. It was released on 31 October 2014 by Sony Music. [ 14 ] “ Honest Town ” was released as the run single on 10 October 2014. The album was available to stream from 28 October 2014. [ 15 ]

background [edit ]

During the record of Simple Minds former studio album Graffiti Soul, Jim Kerr stated : « We in truth are flowing with ideas at the here and now and [ … ] I do feel that we are possibly writing two albums simultaneously at present. » Several tracks were omitted from Graffiti Soul so that the album had more focus. possible candidates include “ Six Degrees Of Separation ”, “ Lotus Effect ” and “ Shaman ”. [ 1 ]

According to Simple Minds go singer Jim Kerr, Big Music has much power and mania, urgency and momentum, adding “ it is energetic, it ‘s got a bare-assed power and a bunch of life force ”. [ 16 ]

Recording [edit ]

On 19 May 2014, it was announced that Simple Minds had just finished recording Big Music. [ 16 ] even so, a final examination record took place on 27 August 2014. [ 1 ]

Release and promotion [edit ]

The album ‘s release campaign started on 4 September 2014 with “ Blindfolded ” being issued as a television teaser ( not as a single ). [ 1 ] The album ‘s logo was revealed on 4 September 2014. [ 1 ] On 23 September 2014, Simple Minds announced that Jim and Charlie would be special guests of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Friday dawn 26 September 2014 where they ‘d be performing 4 tracks acoustically for the first time ever. previously announced for October 2014, [ 16 ] the album was released on the 31 October 2014 in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland and on 3 November 2014 in early territories. The album was released on Caroline Records in the UK and Ireland, the Embassy Of Music in Germany and by Sony ( licensed from Embassy Of Music ) in other european territories .

Singles [edit ]

The title song “ big music ” was intended to be the first unmarried but the estimate was late dropped. [ 1 ] On 23 September 2014, Simple Minds announced that the first turn of their new single “ Honest town ” would have its worldwide premiere the follow dawn on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2. [ 17 ] “ Honest town ” was released as the lead individual on 10 October 2014. [ 18 ]

critical reception [edit ]

Big Music received broadly incontrovertible reviews from music critics. In the review collector web site Metacritic ( which assigns a “ Metascore ” based on the ratings and reviews of selected mainstream independent publications ), the album has a score of a 75 out of 100 based on 12 reviews, indicating “ generally favorable reviews ”. [ 2 ] The Guardian rated the album three stars out of five, commenting that “ the band have managed to craft an album of toss off that ’ randomness both true to their sound and concern enough to give it a contemporary border. ” [ 5 ]

commercial performance [edit ]

In the United Kingdom, Big Music debuted at number 12 on the UK Albums Chart. The album sold 10,207 copies in its first week, and became the group ‘s 17th top 75 album. [ 19 ]

traverse listing [edit ]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. “Blindfolded” Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill Steve Osborne, Simple Minds, Andy Wright, Gavin Goldberg 5:23
2. “Midnight Walking” Kerr, Burchill, Andy Gillespie Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 3:54
3. “Honest Town” Iain Cook, Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 4:46
4. “Big Music” Kerr, Burchill, Gillespie Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 4:12
5. “Human” Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 3:42
6. “Blood Diamonds” Cook, Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 4:21
7. “Let the Day Begin” Michael Been Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 5:10
8. “Concrete and Cherry Blossom” Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 3:33
9. “Imagination” Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 3:42
10. “Kill or Cure” Paul Statham, Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 4:12
11. “Broken Glass Park” Owen Parker, Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds 4:41
12. “Spirited Away” Parker, Kerr, Burchill Wright, Goldberg, Simple Minds, Parker 4:08
Deluxe edition – iTunes Store bonus tracks[14]
No. Title Length
19. “Blindfolded” ( video ) 5:23
20. “Honest Town” ( television ) 4:44
21. “Album Interview” ( video ) 22:24
Deluxe edition – DVD
No. Title Length
1. “Honest Town” ( television )  
2. “Blindfolded” ( video )  
3. “Let the Day Begin” ( time )  
4. “Human” ( clip )

 
5. “Midnight Walking” ( clip )  
6. “Behind the Scenes”  
7. “Band Interviews”  

Editions

  • Double vinyl edition as a heavyweight black vinyl in wide spine sleeve with printed inner sleeves.
  • Limited edition deluxe box-set also including the original album, a DVD, and a poster and booklet in foil-blocked box.

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies original production

Personnel [edit ]

Adapted from album liner notes. [ 20 ]

simple Minds [edit ]

extra musicians [edit ]

  • Sarah Brown – backing vocals
  • Clinton Outten – backing vocals

production [edit ]

  • Steve Osborne – producer, programming
  • Simple Minds – producer
  • Gavin Goldberg – producer, mixer, programming, keyboard, acoustic guitar
  • Andy Wright – producer, programming, keyboard
  • Owen Parker – original production, backing vocals, additional guitar, additional programming
  • Iain Cook – additional programming
  • Paul Statham – additional programming
  • Tom Dalgety – additional engineering
  • John Henry – additional engineering
  • Lewis Chapman – assistant mixer
  • JP Chalbos – mastering
  • Peacock – art direction, design
  • Daniel Reed – cover digital illustration
  • Paul Cox – photography
  • Martin Smith – photography

live performances [edit ]

Most of the songs have been played live by simple Minds :

  • “Broken Glass Park”: during the 2011 “Greatest Hits Forest Tour”, at the unique 2011 show in Australia, during the “Greatest Hits + 2013”, the “Greatest Hits + 2014” tour & the “Big Music Tour + Greatest Hits 2015” tour.
  • “Blood Diamonds” and “Let the Day Begin”: during the “Greatest Hits + 2013” & the “Greatest Hits + 2014” tour.
  • “Imagination”: only during the “Greatest Hits + 2014” tour.
  • “Blindfolded” and “Big Music”: during the “Greatest Hits + 2014” tour & the “Big Music Tour + Greatest Hits 2015” tour. Prior to the “Greatest Hits + 2014” tour, “Big Music” was only played once: on 27 November 2013 at the Hydro, Glasgow, UK as the song inaugural live performance.
  • “Honest Town”: during the “Greatest Hits + 2014” tour (only soundchecked) & the “Big Music Tour + Greatest Hits 2015” tour.
  • “Midnight Walking”, “Spirited Away” and “Riders On The Storm”: only during the “Big Music Tour + Greatest Hits 2015” tour.

Live debuts [edit ]

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“ Broken Glass Park ” : on 18 May 2010 at ABC2, Glasgow, UK. “ Kill Or Cure ? “ : on 18 October 2010 at Handelsbeurs Concertzaal, Ghent, Belgium .

by Simple Minds [edit ]

“ fuel combatant ” : on 18 June 2010 at Le Bataclan, Paris, France ( merely after another live debut, “ Stagefright ”, played as the undoer ). “ Concrete And Cherry Blossom ” was planned to be debuted as separate of the encore of the Bataclan show but dropped due to fourth dimension constraints. “ Broken Glass Park ” : on 11 June 2011 at Thetford Forest ( near Brandon ), Suffolk, UK. “ blood Diamonds ” : on 25 March 2013 at Olympia, Dublin, Ireland. “ big music ” : on 27 November 2013 at The Hydro, Glasgow, UK. “ Honest township ” and “ Machines ” : soundchecked in April 2014 at the private ElectroSet gig at Annabel ‘s, London, UK. “ imagination ” and “ Blindfolded ” : on 6 June 2014 at the “ Montereau Confluences ” Festival, Montereau-Fault-Yonne, France .

Covers and newly versions [edit ]

Songs intended for the album [edit ]

source [ 1 ]

Charts [edit ]

References [edit ]

Sources [edit ]

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