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SIMPLE MINDS
‘Ballad Of The Streets EP

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Simple Minds always wanted to be blood brothers with U2, or even Marillion, anyone so long as they can beat their chests and get mighty pompous about it all. ‘Ballad… is still very overwrought, every last drop of feeling being squeezed out until it hurts. Simple Minds bleed for you! That said, ‘Belfast Child, a reworking of a trad folk song is quite majestic—a monolithic synth-driven crawl that still effects a stir.

Amazing. ‘Mandela Day remains as obvious as on the day itself, but the real gem is their version of Peter Gabriels ‘Biko, not a patch on the original but still very worthy.