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An unplugged retelling of many of the band's best-known songs, Simple Minds' Acoustic is an enjoyable if not particularly organic set. Employing the criteria used during the heyday of MTV Unplugged, the veteran Scots do indeed reimagine their catalog using acoustic instruments, though the amount of manipulation via effects and creative mixing makes for something a bit different. The resulting album is a sort of hybrid of stripped-down arrangements with just enough rock sweetening to reach the back seats. In the case of monster hits like "Alive and Kicking" and "Don't You (Forget About Me)," this approach feels a bit underwhelming and bland. While these renditions aren't necessarily bad, it does seem like Simple Minds missed out on an opportunity to dramatically shake up their repertoire in any number of possible directions, but instead settled for simply swapping out the electric guitars and synths with acoustic guitar and piano. The whole point of doing acoustic versions is usually to lay bare the material, deconstructing it down to its roots, but for the most part, Acoustic feels a bit too polished and adjusted.
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1
The American (Acoustic Version)
00:04:30

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian McGee, ComposerLyricist - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Forbes, ComposerLyricist - James Kerr, ComposerLyricist - Charles Burchill, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Joseph Macneil, ComposerLyricist - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

2
Promised You A Miracle (Acoustic Version)
00:04:35

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - KT Tunstall, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Derek Forbes, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mick MacNeil, ComposerLyricist - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

3
Glittering Prize (Acoustic Version)
00:04:07

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Forbes, ComposerLyricist - James Kerr, ComposerLyricist - Charles Burchill, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Joseph Macneil, ComposerLyricist - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Limited

4
See The Lights (Acoustic Version)
00:04:58

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - James Kerr, ComposerLyricist - Charles Burchill, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Limited

5
New Gold Dream (Acoustic Version)
00:04:58

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Forbes, ComposerLyricist - James Kerr, ComposerLyricist - Charles Burchill, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Joseph Macneil, ComposerLyricist - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

6
Someone Somewhere In Summertime (Acoustic Version)
00:04:40

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Forbes, Composer - James Kerr, Author - Charles Burchill, Composer - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

7
Waterfront (Acoustic Version)
00:05:16

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Derek Forbes, ComposerLyricist - James Kerr, ComposerLyricist - Charles Burchill, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer - Mel George Gaynor, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Limited

8
Sanctify Yourself (Acoustic Version)
00:04:59

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Kerr, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mick MacNeil, ComposerLyricist - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

9
Chelsea Girl (Acoustic Version)
00:04:28

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Kerr, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

10
Alive And Kicking (Acoustic Version)
00:05:52

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mick MacNeil, ComposerLyricist - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

11
Don't You (Forget About Me) (Acoustic Version)
00:05:16

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Keith Forsey, ComposerLyricist - Steve Schiff, ComposerLyricist - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

12
Long Black Train (Acoustic Version)
00:04:36

Andy Wright, Producer, Programmer - Simple Minds, MainArtist - Sarah Brown, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Hawley, ComposerLyricist - Jim Kerr, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Burchill, Accordion, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Gavin Goldberg, Producer, Mixer, Programmer, Recording Producer, StudioPersonnel - Ged Grimes, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordy Goudie, Co-Arranger, Guitar, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Pierre Chalbos, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cherisse Osei, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Chapman, Programmer

℗ 2016 Simple Minds Ltd

Album Description

An unplugged retelling of many of the band's best-known songs, Simple Minds' Acoustic is an enjoyable if not particularly organic set. Employing the criteria used during the heyday of MTV Unplugged, the veteran Scots do indeed reimagine their catalog using acoustic instruments, though the amount of manipulation via effects and creative mixing makes for something a bit different. The resulting album is a sort of hybrid of stripped-down arrangements with just enough rock sweetening to reach the back seats. In the case of monster hits like "Alive and Kicking" and "Don't You (Forget About Me)," this approach feels a bit underwhelming and bland. While these renditions aren't necessarily bad, it does seem like Simple Minds missed out on an opportunity to dramatically shake up their repertoire in any number of possible directions, but instead settled for simply swapping out the electric guitars and synths with acoustic guitar and piano. The whole point of doing acoustic versions is usually to lay bare the material, deconstructing it down to its roots, but for the most part, Acoustic feels a bit too polished and adjusted.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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