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Simply Red's first album in four years signals the Brit band's return to the more straightforward R&B roots of early works such as Picture Book and A New Flame. For Home, frontman Mick "Red" Hucknall -- essentially the group's one constant member -- enlists an 11-piece outfit that allows

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Simply Red's first album in four years signals the Brit band's return to the more straightforward R&B roots of early works such as Picture Book and A New Flame. For Home, frontman Mick "Red" Hucknall -- essentially the group's one constant member -- enlists an 11-piece outfit that allows him to move effortlessly from interpreting the Stylistics (a lush, falsetto-infused "You Make Me Feel Brand New") to Bob Dylan (a lightly orchestrated "Positively 4th Street" with a kicking horn section). Not only does he put his own stamp on the aforementioned warhorses, along with a synth-washed interpretation of late reggae great Dennis Brown's "Money in My Pocket"; Hucknall's originals also stand up well against Home's covers. The crooner's pliable tenor -- one of the most characteristic voices of the '80s -- takes flight on the heartfelt title track, with its Burt Bacharach–reminiscent string-and-trumpet arrangement. By incorporating the main riff from "I Can't Go For That" into the seductive "Sunrise," Hucknall also tips his hat to a fellow blue-eyed soulsters Hall & Oates. The vocalist's brightest moment, however, comes on the harmony-laden and horn-soaked "Fake," where he cuts loose like a latter-day Al Green over the funky groove. On their first self-released album, it truly sounds as if Simply Red have finally found their Home.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 released album after album while 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, although an outside producer might have given them an extra kick in their velour pants. However, despite the album's weak moments, 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
SIMPLYRED.COM
UPC:
0766927622526
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simply Red   Primary Artist
Larry Williams   Musician
Bernie Worrell   Musician
Joe Sample   Musician
Arthur Adams   Musician
Miles Bould   Musician
Sarah Brown   Musician
Lenny Castro   Musician
David Clayton   Musician
James Gadson   Musician
Paul Harris   Musician
Mick Hucknall   Vocals,Musician
Ian Kirkham   Musician
Peter Lewinson   Musician
Steve Lewinson   Musician
London Session Orchestra   Musician
Dean Parks   Musician
Kevin Robinson   Musician
Gota Yashiki   Musician
Danny Saxon   Musician
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington   Musician
Chris DeMargary   Musician
Andy Wright   Musician
Dee Johnson   Musician
Karl Van Den Bossche   Musician
Mark Jaimes   Musician
Anthea Clarke   Musician
John "Woog" Johnson   Musician
Arthur Adam   Musician
Kenji Suzuki   Musician
Larry Williams   Musician
Paul "Harry" Harris   Musician

Technical Credits

MadKap   Producer
Mick Hucknall   Producer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Peter Lewinson   Producer
Steve Lewinson   Producer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Matt Rowe   Producer
Gota Yashiki   Producer
Mark Jolley   Producer
Andy Wright   Producer
Agm   Producer
Peacock   Art Direction
Michael Zimmerling   Engineer

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Home 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this performance on direct TV and really liked it. It was the best I've seen for a long time. Plan to order this Home CD. Loved the music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Simply Red, they really did good with this cd, I highly recomend it for you fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is simply AMAZING. I heard the track "Sunrise" for the first time last night on the radio. It is one of those songs where you know it is destined to be a hit, the moment you hear it. The title track, "Home", is almost equally great. And then there's "Lost Weekend" and "It's You"....they are all remarkable. I can honestly say this is the greatest work I have heard in a long long time. When you hear "Sunrise" for the first time, you will understand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Home is the long, awaited sound for which I've waited! Red Hucknall and his gang have 'hit the nail on the head' again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hear that song on the Radio and I bet Hall and Oats are very Proud of their song that was song by them and Now is in a song Simply Red made.
abigailJW More than 1 year ago
I seen Simply Red "Home Live In Sicily" on the 101 direct tv concert series and the concert DVD "Home, Live In Sicily" was the best, because it has more of his songs, the cd left out a lot of his good songs, but this is a good cd, but I think you'll like the concert DVD better.