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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given his long history of smooth, classy blue-eyed soul, it's easy to forget that Mick Hucknall was inspired to make music by the Sex Pistols. While it's true that Hucknall's Simply Red has never, ever sounded like the Pistols -- or any punk for that matter -- there is an obstinate independent streak that runs throughout his music that's led him to such strange detours as Love and the Russian Winter, as well as his position as an independent artist in the new millennium, releasing Simply Red albums via his own label, Simplyred.com. That independent spirit also surfaces on some of the songs on 2007's Stay, his third release on Simplyred.com, but it's subtle and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Given his long history of smooth, classy blue-eyed soul, it's easy to forget that Mick Hucknall was inspired to make music by the Sex Pistols. While it's true that Hucknall's Simply Red has never, ever sounded like the Pistols -- or any punk for that matter -- there is an obstinate independent streak that runs throughout his music that's led him to such strange detours as Love and the Russian Winter, as well as his position as an independent artist in the new millennium, releasing Simply Red albums via his own label, Simplyred.com. That independent spirit also surfaces on some of the songs on 2007's Stay, his third release on Simplyred.com, but it's subtle and buried toward the end of the album. For the first half of Stay, Hucknall remains in his trademark upscale blue-eyed soul territory, sounding smooth and stylish whether he's singing ballads or snappier songs like the effervescent "Oh! What a Girl!" Although this sounds familiar, it sounds fresher than it has in a few years: Hucknall isn't trying to compete with such modern U.K. retro-soul phenoms as Amy Winehouse or Joss Stone, but he's looser and lighter than he was on 2003's Home, which is quite welcome. Just as the vibe feels just a bit too comfortable, Stay takes a couple of sly left turns. First, there's a quite wonderful and unexpected cover of Ronnie Lane's "Debris" that's understated and a bit rougher than the norm from Simply Red. After this, the album opens up a bit. There's one more standard soul song in "Lady," but it's a stronger, tighter, sexier single than much of the rest of the record, and then there comes a trio of angry, social comments that offer strong reminders of Hucknall's past as a punk. Not that they sound punk -- apart from the school children's choir that sings along on the closer, "Little Englander," they're recognizably Simply Red -- but with "Money TV" and "The Death of the Cool," he strikes out at the commercialization of culture. Now, some could argue that swaddling these sentiments in such smooth soul undercuts their power, but there's a palpable anger to Hucknall's message and a sly subversiveness in his method that makes this half of Stay interesting -- and when combined with the solid soul of the first half, it adds up to one of his strongest latter-day records.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2013
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5055131701345
  • Catalog Number: 1166809
  • Sales rank: 16,920

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The World and You Tonight (3:31)
  2. 2 So Not Over You (3:50)
  3. 3 Stay (3:50)
  4. 4 They Don't Know (3:39)
  5. 5 Oh! What a Girl! (4:19)
  6. 6 Good Times Have Done Me Wrong (5:17)
  7. 7 Debris (4:51)
  8. 8 Lady (5:00)
  9. 9 Money T.V (4:03)
  10. 10 The Death of the Cool (3:24)
  11. 11 Little Englander (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Simply Red Primary Artist
Sarah Brown Musician
David Clayton Musician
Ian Kirkham Musician
Peter Lewinson Musician
Steve Lewinson Musician
The London Session Orchestra Musician
Kevin Robinson Musician
Gavyn Wright Leader, Musician
Simon Hale Musician
Danny Saxon Musician
Chris DeMargary Musician
Andy Wright Musician
Dee Johnson Musician
Geoff Holroyde Musician
Mark Jaimes Musician
Anthea Clarke Musician
Pete Johnson & His Boogie Woogie Boys Musician
Kenji Suzuki Musician
Dave Bloor Musician
Gavin Goldberg Musician
John "Snakehips" Johnson Musician
Jim McWiliam Musician
Patrick Murdock Musician
Morten Schjolin Musician
Technical Credits
Alan Douglas Engineer
Mick Hucknall Producer
Ronnie Lane Composer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Danny Saxon Producer
Andy Wright Producer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
Andy Scade Engineer
Mark Jaimes Producer
Dawnita Osuji Composer
Michael Zimmerling Engineer
Dave Bloor Engineer, Percussion Programming
Gavin Goldberg Engineer
Schjolin Composer
Gary Go Composer
Morten Schjolin Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply the best!

    I've been a fan of Simply Red for many years now and each CD is better than the last. Upbeat, excellent music, beautiful voices and lyrics.... I just enjoy!

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