Néapolis (album)

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Néapolis
Studio album by Simple Minds
Released 16 March 1998
Recorded London, Italy and Scotland
Genre Rock
Length 45 mins
Label Chrysalis Records
Producer Charlie Burchill, Pete Walsh
Simple Minds chronology
The Promised
(1997)
Néapolis
(1998)
The Early Years 1977–1978
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Canoe.ca 3/5 stars[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Vox 3/5 stars[4]

Néapolis is Scottish rock band Simple Minds's eleventh studio album, released in 1998.

Simple Minds decided to musically reinvent themselves yet again, this time reaching back to their Kraftwerk-inspired, early electronic pop days. Derek Forbes returned after a 10-year absence in 1995, along with drummer Mel Gaynor, who became a full-time member once again.

"Néapolis wasn't created as some kind of spiritual successor [to New Gold Dream]," said Jim Kerr, "but I suppose that in getting back together with the people we work best with, some kind of thematic similarity was inevitable."[5]

Néapolis charted poorly and received mixed reviews. It is notable for being the only Simple Minds album released by Chrysalis Records and the first Simple Minds album not officially released in the US.

The music video for "Glitterball," the album's leadoff single, was the first production of any kind to film at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.

Both the music video for "Glitterball" and the video for the album's follow-up single, "War Babies," were included on enhanced CD singles released for both tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill

No. Title Length
1. "Song for the Tribes"   5:37
2. "Glitterball"   4:55
3. "War Babies"   5:03
4. "Tears of a Guy"   4:48
5. "Superman v Supersoul"   4:47
6. "Lightning"   5:35
7. "If I Had Wings"   4:43
8. "Killing Andy Warhol"   5:16
9. "Androgyny"   5:07
10. "Don't You (Forget About Me) [Jam & Spoon Remix] - Bonus track on Japanese edition"   7:56
11. "Waterfront [Union Jack Remix] - Bonus track on Japanese edition"   7:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Produced By Charlie Burchill & Pete Walsh.
  • Engineered By Pete Walsh.
  • Mixed By Simple Minds & Pete Walsh.
  • Technical Assistance By Dougie Cowan.
  • Co-ordination By Sandra Dods.
  • Jim Kerr: Vocals.
  • Charlie Burchill: Guitars, Keyboards & Programming.
  • Derek Forbes: Basses.
  • Mel Gaynor: Drums on "War Babies".
  • Hami Lee: Additional Programming.
  • Michael Niggs & Jim McDermott: Additional Drums.
  • Strings by The Dukes.
  • All Songs By Kerr & Burchill.
  • Recorded & mixed at Lochearn Studios Scotland, Metropolis Studios, London, Plus XXX Paris, Home Studios Dublin & Capri Digital, Italy.
  • Design & Art Direction : Toorkwaz.
  • Photography b y Andy Earl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fucito, Paul. "Simple Minds: Néapolis" at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  2. ^ Veitch, Dave. "Simple Minds - Néapolis - Articles & Reviews". Québecor Média. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Blake, Mark. "Néapolis". Q (Bauer Media). ISSN 0955-4955. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Fadele, Dele (April 1998). "Simple Minds - Néapolis - Articles & Reviews". Vox. IPC Media. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Q March 1998

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