Simple Minds – Real Life

Simple Minds - Real LifeI frequently find myself listening to this album when I’m looking for some good background music while doing some work on the computer. I think it could fit in the category of non-mood-specific music, if that works.

Simple Minds has been around for a long time, and I think this is possibly their greatest work. Their song Don’t You (Forget About Me) was their biggest hit, and is a fun pop song. This album has a richer feel to it and a couple real good semi-emotionally charged tracks. It has a similar feel to it as Welcome to Wherever You Are by INXS; another of my favorite vintage albums.

Let the Children Speak is one of the powerhouse tracks. A lot of volume does this song plenty of good. Banging On the Door is such an epic song that it has its own intro. It builds up with some distant piano and ghostly sounds, then picks up nicely into a head-bobbing groove in the main track. The final track of the album, When Two Worlds Collide combines much of what makes the whole album good, into one song. It’s got a low key underlying groove with some great vocals on top of the airy sound.

As this is my first full album review on here, I’m not sure how to end things. I’m a fan of rating systems, so I think I may take it upon myself to employ one here. Not sure how I’ll do it in the future, but I think I’m going to base it on a scale of 0 to 100. Anything by Celine Dion being 0 and for the 100, well, we’ll just have to wait and see! Why 100? I’ll tell ya why! I’ve never understood using a 10.0 scale, when two or three numbers are being typed anyway; why throw in the decimal point? More typing is all that means!

I’m going to give this album a solid:

80 out of 100

Yeah, could’ve just said 8, but I’ll use the single digits sometime.

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