Good News from the Next World

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Good News from the Next World
Studio album by Simple Minds
Released 7 February 1995
Genre Rock
Label Virgin
Producer Simple Minds, Keith Forsey
Simple Minds chronology
Glittering Prize 81/92
(1992)
Good News from the Next World
(1995)
The Promised
(1997)
Simple Minds studio albums chronology
Real Life
(1991)
Good News from the Next World
(1995)
Néapolis
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Canoe.ca 2/5 stars[2]
CMJ (favourable)[3]
Melody Maker (unfavourable)[4]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[5]
The War Against Silence (favourable)[6]
Q 4/5 stars[7]
Time Out (favourable)[8]
Vox (unfavourable)[9]

Good News from the Next World is Simple Minds' tenth studio album, released in 1995.

The album garnered moderate commercial success. However, in the UK, it reached No. 2 and produced the two Top 20 hit singles "She's a River" (No. 9) and "Hypnotised" (No. 18).[10]

It was not badly received among critics in the United States. However, it was critically panned in the UK. John Harris wrote in Melody Maker that the album "approximates the noise that would be made if the entire contents of a music shop were strapped to an Empire transport ship from Star Wars", adding "for all its cod-Wagnerian vastness, there are no tunes."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill

No. Title Length
1. "She's a River"   5:32
2. "Night Music"   5:24
3. "Hypnotised"   5:53
4. "Great Leap Forward"   5:56
5. "7 Deadly Sins"   5:11
6. "And the Band Played On"   5:32
7. "My Life"   5:16
8. "Criminal World"   5:03
9. "This Time"   4:58
10. "Celtic Strings (Bonus track on Japanese edition)"   5:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced By Keith Forsey & Simple Minds.
  • Recorded By Brian Reeves.
  • Mixed By Tom Lord Alge.
  • All Songs Written By J. Kerr / C. Burchill.
  • Vocals : Jim Kerr.
  • Guitars & Keyboards : Charlie Burchill.
  • Basses : Mark Browne, Malcolm Foster, Marcus Miller & Lance Morrison.
  • Drums : Mark Schulman, Tal Bergman & Vinnie Colaiuta.
  • Backing Vocals : Stefani Spruill, Pat Hodges, Maxann Lewis, Julia Walters.
  • Recorded at Bonnie Wee Studios, Scotland; Windmill Lane, Dublin; Conway, Westlake & Track Records, Los Angeles, California.
  • Assistant Engineers : Chris Fogel, Sean O'Dwyer, Rob Kirwan, Gil Morales & Kenny Polakovich.
  • Technical Direction : Doug Cowan.
  • Equipment : Tony Donald.
  • Worldwide Representation : Clive Banks for CBL.
  • Co-ordination : Alan McBlane.
  • Design & Art Direction : Stylorouge.
  • Band Photography : David Scheinmann.
  • Textural Photography : Rob O'Conner & Stuart MacKenzie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Simple Minds: Good News from the Next World at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  2. ^ Sakamoto, John (1995). "Simple Minds - Good News From the Next World - Articles & Reviews". Canoe.ca. Quebecor Media. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Roger, Donna (1995). "Simple Minds - Good News From the Next World - Articles & Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Harris, John. "Good News from the Next World". Melody Maker (IPC Media). ISSN 0025-9012. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Simple Minds: Good News from the Next World". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow). 2 February 1998. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. 
  6. ^ McDonald, Glenn (7 March 95). "Echoes of the Big Music". The War Against Silence. furia.com. Retrieved 26 October 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Aizlewood, John (February 1995). "Good News from the Next World". Q (Bauer Media). ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Davies, Laura Lee (1995). "Simple Minds - Good News From the Next World - Articles & Reviews". Time Out. Time Out (company). Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  9. ^ McLean, Craig (February 1995). "Simple Minds - Good News From the Next World - Articles & Reviews". Vox. IPC Media. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  10. ^ officialcharts.com / Simple Minds / Singles & Albums

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