I always had mixed emotions about the British group Simply Red. I bought their first single ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’ believing them to be American, and knowing nothing about them. When I later discovered that they were from the north of England, and their singer was in fact a white Englishman, I was very surprised indeed. But how that man could sing. Trouble was, Mick Hucknall was not a likable person. When I saw him interviewed, he was boastful and arrogant, which put me off a lot. Added to that, he was singularly unattractive to watch when performing, with his strange features, and unusual personal style.
Once they started to release albums, I decided to just relegate them to a ‘listen but never watch’ category in my mind, and tried to put aside my overall dislike of the man, whilst giving full credit to his songwriting, and often outstanding vocals. By the time their fourth album arrived, they were a big hit all over the world, and their funky style that they started out with had been replaced by more thoughtful songs, and meaningful ballads. That album was called ‘Stars’, and it was released in 1991. I knew that I would buy it. I already had the three previous records, and could not deny that I liked Hucknall’s voice.
It was even better than I had expected, kicking off with a lively number so typical of the group at one tme.
Something’s Got Me Started
The next track was also the title track. A beautiful song indeed, with lovely lyrics.
Track four kept the quality going, with this one.
Track six delivered with this great ballad. My favourite track on the album.
For Your Babies
The last of the Ten Tracks signed off with another meaningful slow one.
I played it again from track one, and later bought it on CD. I still like to listen to it now.