Big Love

Big Love

by Simply Red


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/02/2015
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0825646105748
catalogNumber: 550027
Rank: 269117

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Simply Red   Primary Artist
Mick Hucknall   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Kirkham   Saxophone
Steve Lewinson   Bass
Kevin Robinson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Peter-John Vettese   Background Vocals
Danny Saxon   Keyboards
Andy Wright   Bass,Background Vocals
Mark Jaimes   Bass,Guitar
Kenji Suzuki   Guitar
Dave Clayton   Keyboards
Jack Stevens   Bass
Jim McWilliam   Conductor
Sam Swallow   Background Vocals
Roman Roth   Percussion,Drums
Lauren Flynn   Background Vocals
Pete Lewinson   Percussion,Drums
Juan Ayala Valdez   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Mick Hucknall   Composer,Producer
Peter-John Vettese   Arranger
Andy Wright   Programming,Producer
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Adrian Hall   Engineer
Dean Chalkley   Band Photo
David Sinclair Whitaker   String Arrangements
Gavin Goldberg   Programming,Engineer
Jim McWilliam   Orchestration
Lewis Chapman   Engineer

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