In The Guardian Adam Sweeting wrote that "the new songs sound relaxed, refreshed and satisfyingly cohesive Easy to listen to but not easy listening , Stars keeps shining",  while The Independent ' s Andy Gill was similarly impressed, observing that "Hucknall's socialist soul-boy 's conviction and his determination to write songs with stings in their tales place Simply Red several notches above the rest of the smooth soul genre And in simple evocations of love like 'Thrill Me' or 'For Your Babies', the spark of honesty sets them above the superficial, insincere protestations of love that dominate modern soul music".
Instead he's eased Simply Red down a couple of gears into a more relaxed and flowing style which owes as much towards current hip hop -inspired club rhythms as it does to old-style soul or funk. It's smoother and more polished than their previous work, yet Mick Hucknall is singing better than ever and his songwriting is improving Having absorbed his pop, soul, and reggae influences, Hucknall is now successfully writing songs in his own style, something that, with the exception of ' Holding Back the Years ', he hadn't managed previously.
The album was voted the second-worst record ever made in a Melody Maker poll of pop stars, DJs, and journalists. All songs written and composed by Mick Hucknall , except where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Simply Red. British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Music Week : Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 July By early , Hucknall and Rashman had assembled a band of local session musicians and begun to attract record company attention.
The group adopted the name "Red" after Hucknall's nickname, denoting his hair colour but then Hucknall decided it would sound better with the addition of the word 'Simply'.
Simply Red signed a contract with Elektra in ,  but after recording one track "Red Box" , Fryman left the group and was replaced by guitarist Sylvan Richardson , who was billed only as 'Sylvan'. It was included on their debut album, Picture Book , also released in Several low-charting singles would follow for the band.
Among the comparative flops was a re-recording of the Frantic Elevators' " Holding Back the Years ", done up in a new soul-ballad style arrangement. However, upon being re-released in , "Holding Back the Years" became a major hit, peaking at 1 in Ireland, 2 in the UK, 3 in the Netherlands, 20 in Italy and later 1 in the United States.
Simply Red's second album, 's Men and Women ,  saw the band adopting bowler hats and colourful suits instead of their earlier ragamuffin look. As well, the introspection and social commentary of their debut album was replaced by a blue-eyed soul sound with funk influences. The album's lead single " The Right Thing " was another international hit,  charting in the top 40 throughout Europe and North America.
Several follow-up singles also met with modest success in the UK and elsewhere. Saxophonist Ian Kirkham , who joined the group during the Picture Book tour in and played on Men and Women , became an official member. Hucknall was by this time an international superstar, being photographed with models and Hollywood celebrities.
This seemed to harm the band's coherence as a unit, with Hucknall declaring in that Simply Red was "essentially a solo project". The band's career peaked in late with the release of Stars , which became the best-selling album for two years running in Europe and the UK though notably had less chart success in the US than their previous albums, still earning however a gold certification. EastWest , Warner Music Korea.
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The video to "Stars" features Hucknall wandering around a desert surrounded by large gold stars with close-ups of him and a woman. It was edited by Marc Eskenazi.
Olivia Ong , Singaporean bossa nova singer recorded a cover in Japanese group Kokua included a Japanese version of the song written by lead singer Shikao Suga on their 1st official album "Progress" out on sale 1 June From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date September 30, Track Listing. Something Got Me Started. Simply Red.Although it doesn't have a single as strong as "Holding Back the Years" or "If You Don't Know Me by Now," Stars is Simply Red's best album since their debut. It's smoother and more polished than their previous work, yet Mick Hucknall is singing better than ever and his songwriting is improving. That is a good thing, too, since Stars is the first Simply Red album not to contain any cover songs.9/