Great Albums: Stars

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fourth album arrived, they were a big hit all over the world, and their funky style that they started out with had been replaced by more thoughtful songs, and meaningful ballads.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.
Stars

Track four kept the quality going, with this one.
Your Mirror

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.
Wonderland

I played it again from track one, and later bought it on CD. I still like to listen to it now.

35 thoughts on “Great Albums: Stars

    1. Thanks, Pam. TTD was adored by so many ladies, I think it went to his head. He is a very spiritual person these days. He has changed his name, and lives in Italy. Hucknall still tours with Simply Red occasionally.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. I’m not familiar with Simply Red. I listened to all the songs, and enjoyed them. I have to admit, despite the redundancy, I liked “Something Got Me Started” the best. It’s actually very catchy, and features a great arrangement.

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  2. I didn’t like him much either, but he did some cracking songs. This album was featured in an episode of Classic Albums, and have to say he seems to have grown into a nicer chap, he can also still sing just as well.

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    1. I never denied his talent, but I haven’t seen him interviewed in years. I hope he is nicer now. He once described himself as “The best singer in Britain, bar none. And quite possibly the best in the world”. I wondered if the doors were big enough to get his head through. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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