Good News from the Next World

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Good News from the Next World
Simple minds-goodnews.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 January 1995
Studio
  • Bonnie Wee (Scotland)
  • Windmill Lane (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Conway, Westlake & Track Records (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length48:20[1]
LabelVirgin
Producer
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)
Singles from Good News from the Next World
  1. "She's a River"
    Released: 16 January 1995[2]
  2. "Hypnotised"
    Released: 27 March 1995[3]

Good News from the Next World is the tenth studio album by Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released in January 1995 by record label Virgin.

The album's recording started in the band's own studio in Perthshire, Scotland, in 1993, and finished in Los Angeles, US, in summer 1994.[4] The two original band members – singer Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill – wrote all nine tracks on the album. They were joined by a number of guest musicians for recording sessions. Keith Forsey, who had previously worked with Simple Minds on their breakout single "Don't You (Forget About Me)", shares producing credits with the band.

In some markets the album performed somewhat better than their previous record, Real Life, but it quickly faded from public attention, producing only two moderately successful hit singles.[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album garnered moderate commercial success. In the UK, it reached number 2 and produced two UK top 20 hits: "She's a River" (number 9) and "Hypnotised" (number 18).

  • "Hypnotised" was less successful globally, though it charted in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland and Italy.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[8]
Canoe.ca[9]
Q[10]

Good News from the Next World received favourable reviews among critics in the United States.[11][12] In the UK, it received mixed reviews. 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."[13] Good News from the Next World also received a favourable review from Time Out,[14] while Vox gave an unfavourable review.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill.

No.TitleLength
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
Japanese edition bonus track
No.TitleLength
10."Celtic Strings"5:15

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for Good News from the Next World
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[40] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[41] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[42] Gold 250,000^
Italy 150,000[43]
Norway (IFPI Norway)[44] Gold 25,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[45] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 100,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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