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Pop - Released October 24, 2008 | Rhino - Elektra

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The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead. Features the U.S. number-one "Holding Back the Years" and the U.K. Top 20 "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)." ~ William Ruhlmann
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Pop - Released October 24, 2008 | Rhino - Elektra

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Although it doesn't have a single as strong as "Holding Back the Years" or "If You Don't Know Me by Now," Stars is Simply Red's best album since their debut. It's smoother and more polished than their previous work, yet Mick Hucknall is singing better than ever and his songwriting is improving. That is a good thing, too, since Stars is the first Simply Red album not to contain any cover songs. Having absorbed his pop, soul, and reggae influences, Hucknall is now successfully writing songs in his own style, something that, with the exception of "Holding Back the Years," he hadn't managed previously. The result, in Europe and especially the U.K., was a massive commercial breakthrough for the group. Stars even outsold Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at home. In America, where the band had never established much audience continuity beyond its two number one hit singles, it was a different story, which, given the band's highly American-influenced sound, was a confirmation of the overall decline of English bands in the U.S. in the early '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & William Ruhlmann
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Pop - Released October 1, 2012 | simplyred.com

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Pop - Released November 8, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Ever since getting back together (much to everyone’s surprise) in 2014, Simply Red cannot be stopped! After exploring “white reggae”, the legendary group from the 80’s and 90’s have launched into “blue-eyed soul” (in other words, R&B by white guys). Isaac Hayes and James Brown often come to mind when listening to these ten songs, be it due to the sparkling brass (Thinking Of You), funky bass lines (Ring That Bell) or crazy Clavinet compositions (Badbootz). And what better a way to pay tribute to these 70s funk masters than with more laid-back tempos and lazy strings (Sweet Child, Complete Love, Tonight). Mick Hucknall’s voice offers the full range for what fans of this genre should expect. Blue Eyed Soul, which heads down a well-marked path, is above all a testimony to the famous red-haired singer’s genuine and endless admiration for this genre. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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Pop - Released November 23, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Symphonica in Rosso is a live album recorded during Simply Red's three-night stint at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome in October 2017. Backed by a 40-piece orchestra, the album sees Mick Hucknall and co. deliver a selection of their greatest hits -- including "Holding Back the Years" and "If You Don't Know Me by Now" -- in a unique and refreshing new way. ~ Rich Wilson
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Pop - Released October 24, 2008 | Rhino - Elektra

Although Hucknall tries to resurrect soul in his own original songs, he's most successful at evoking the past, notably on Simply Red's second number one, a remake of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic "If You Don't Know Me by Now." ~ William Ruhlmann
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Pop - Released November 8, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Pop - Released June 30, 2014 | Edsel

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Pop - Released May 29, 2015 | EastWest U.K.

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Mick Hucknall and Simply Red are rightly inseparable in the minds of most listeners -- he is the frontman and the star, the one constant in the band's history -- but the singer's short-lived solo career of 2008-2012 proved there was a difference between Hucknall and the group. Big Love, the album the reunited Simply Red recorded to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2015, isn't as in thrall to the past as the vocalist's two albums of covers, nor is it as comfortable with rock as 2007's Stay. It is, as the title suggests, a record that is romantic to its very core, an album whose bones are as exquisitely smooth as its surfaces (the loungey tongue-in-cheek saloon song "The Old Man and the Beer" is the exception that proves the rule). Even when the tempo picks up a notch on Big Love -- and it doesn't happen all that often -- the speedier songs come in the form of a slow-burning disco tune, an aesthetic that isn't all that far removed from Simply Red's enduring allegiance to the smoothest sounds of the '70s, specifically Philly soul. At times, the overall veneer is a shade too clean, suggesting nothing so much as cocktail hour at a classy conference, but the fact that Hucknall and Simply Red choose to celebrate the softer, soulful sounds of the '70s by doubling down on the smoothness does separate them from the legions of neo-soul divas in the new millennium. Let those singers scale operatic towers: this lot prefers to take it easy and is charming for it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Pop - Released June 30, 2017 | simplyred.com ltd

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Pop - Released February 22, 2008 | Rhino

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Although it doesn't have a single as strong as "Holding Back the Years" or "If You Don't Know Me by Now," Stars is Simply Red's best album since their debut. It's smoother and more polished than their previous work, yet Mick Hucknall is singing better than ever and his songwriting is improving. That is a good thing, too, since Stars is the first Simply Red album not to contain any cover songs. Having absorbed his pop, soul, and reggae influences, Hucknall is now successfully writing songs in his own style, something that, with the exception of "Holding Back the Years," he hadn't managed previously. The result, in Europe and especially the U.K., was a massive commercial breakthrough for the group. Stars even outsold Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at home. In America, where the band had never established much audience continuity beyond its two number one hit singles, it was a different story, which, given the band's highly American-influenced sound, was a confirmation of the overall decline of English bands in the U.S. in the early '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & William Ruhlmann
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Pop - Released May 24, 2011 | simplyred.com ltd

Recorded at Sydney’s Opera House in October 2010 during Simply Red's farewell tour of 2009-2010, the aptly named Farewell is a CD/DVD set that captures Mick Hucknall in fine nostalgic form. There are no surprises, either in song selection or in his band’s impeccably smooth approach, but comfort is the point of the whole affair: it’s one last chance for fans to hear those songs again. For anybody who isn’t a fan -- or got off board somewhere around the time when Stars turned Simply Red into sensations everywhere but the U.S. -- this will hardly be cause for re-evaluation, but Farewell does celebrate everything that made Mick Hucknall into an international superstar. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Pop - Released October 11, 1985 | Rhino - Elektra

The band finds a steady R&B groove reminiscent of '60s Stax house band the MG's, and, as with the MG's, it's all in the service of a big-voiced soul singer, in this case a British redhead. Features the U.S. number-one "Holding Back the Years" and the U.K. Top 20 "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)." ~ William Ruhlmann
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Pop - Released February 24, 2014 | Edsel

Most people expected Simply Red to have popped up on VH1's Where Are They Now? at any moment, but Home is their eighth proper album. Finding a niche as Jamiroquai for the smooth jazz set, they've failed to deliver on the promise exhibited on Picture Book, instead releasing frustrating album after album and living off the worldwide success of Stars. Home looks like a return to form with Mick Hucknall taking over a good amount of the production and releasing the album on his own label, Simplyred.com. Perhaps an outside producer should give them a kick in their velour pants because there are quite a few drab moments on Home, and quite a few embarrassing ones. The worst of it has to be "Sunrise," where Hall & Oates get sampled and credited, but the vocal hook from Ace's "How Long" gets lifted without acknowledgment. It sounds as shoddy as one of the song-combining "mash-up" bootlegs that swept through the U.K., and could be a cover-up for Hucknall's lack of songwriting ideas. A bland American Idol-worthy version of the Stylistics' "You Make Me Feel Brand New" and a string arrangement of Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street" with Hucknall's blank delivery are awkward and unnecessary. On the other hand there's the genuine sweetness of "Home," the lavish funkiness of "Fake," and the profound and moving "Home Loan Blues." When the band masterfully slinks its way through Dennis Brown's "Money in My Pocket," all sorts of Picture Book flashbacks appear. Home gives half an album's worth of reasons to cheer for Simply Red, still stumbling down the road to recovery. ~ David Jeffries
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Pop - Released October 24, 2008 | Rhino - Elektra

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Pop - Released February 24, 2014 | Edsel

As the second release on Simply Red's own label, Simplified finds the smooth soulsters reworking classics of their back catalog as well as introducing some new songs all in a stripped-down and stylish manner. Featuring such Simply Red classics as "Holding Back the Years" and "More," Simplified works well as a reintroduction to the band. And that's probably the main intention here. Although lead vocalist Mick Hucknall -- whose burnished vocals sound superb here -- and the band have largely kept a low profile since the early '90s, they haven't stopped touring and recording and as such have cultivated a devoted fanbase. One can only assume that the band has changed its sound over the years and felt the need to present its classic tracks in a fashion more representative of the band as it is now rather than when it debuted in 1985. The result is a lush but uncomplicated album featuring an organic mix of acoustic instruments including various pianos, organs, and horns that updates Simply Red's classic soul sound while still bringing to mind the best of their output. ~ Matt Collar
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Pop - Released August 15, 2019 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

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Pop - Released April 14, 2014 | Edsel

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Pop - Released June 30, 2014 | Edsel