Simple Minds
Walk Between Worlds


3.0
good

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (104 Reviews)
February 8th, 2018 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...regular ol' job...

To pretend as though Simple Minds didn’t have a cultural impact in their decades long run would be naïve. But to pretend that that impact isn’t long gone and drowned in oblivion would be foolish. And someone who’s been at it for as long as these guys should now have theoretically gone through all stages of irrelevance and its realisation. First, as their washed out New Wave started fading in popularity, which they didn’t realise and continued to play around with until their ultimate fall off everyone’s radar. That followed by overdue change of style, but still quite self-unaware and indulging into absolute, near-unlistenable cheesiness. And then finally embracing the fact that they are indeed of nobody’s concern anymore, starting to make music for themselves and for that handful of loyal fans they still have, not trying to grab new audiences and stylistic horizons. And here we are again with another record just like that.

It should be understood that Walk Between Worlds is not trying to wow you with its song-writing abilities, instrumental greatness or over-their-heads aiming ambitions. Simple Minds are not kids anymore, nor are they young. This project to them is not just a musical escapade they do on the side, which unexpectedly got famous and they now have to keep up with times. It is not that anymore. Now it is merely, straightforwardly, plainly, clearly, trivially, primitively, and simply nothing more than work. Music is work for them. This is what they do. And Walk Between Worlds is about as banal a work as one would do on their day-to-day work in the office.

Straight away, the album’s opener, “Magic”, makes it clear just what kind of album this is going to be. The song is laughably simple, but moderately catchy. And that is really what you can expect from any cut here. At their best, the songs will be harmless fun, at worst a bland, but not excruciating, bore. Essentially, talking about one of the songs is like talking about all of them. They all consist of straightforward, silly lyrics and an instrumental mix of smoothed out guitars, soft drums and a heavy synth layer with range-lacking vocals.

I wish I could point out at least one song that doesn’t fall into the line of sameness as the others do, but I can’t. Some might have a slightly different song-writing structure or progression, but they’re ultimately dragged down by the repetitive instrumentation, which often feels rather disorganised and messy, when it doesn’t try to sound like every other cut on here. Walk Between Worlds is therefore and unquestionably just a regular old work. It is like going through forms and papers on your work desk, all crisp and plain, still smelling of the sickening Xerox machine it was spawn out of. But you do this, because it earns you a buck. And then again, there are always those who will appreciate your work.



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Papa Universe
February 8th 2018


14180 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

suddenly...

Digging: Slow Bloom - Hex Hex Hex

TheIntruder
February 8th 2018


373 Comments


I do not listened to this album yet. I even didn't know they still existed. I need to check it.

ZombieToyDuck
February 8th 2018


4192 Comments


Really nice review uni! A few tiny things I noticed.

And someone who’s been at it for as long as these guys should know have theoretically (know should be now I believe?)

which they didn’t realised and continued to play around with (should be realise)

And then again, there is always who will appreciate your work. (think you meant to say "there are always those who will appreciate")

p.s. congrats on another feature!


Papa Universe
February 8th 2018


14180 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it's feature saturation. a featuration.



and thanks for the corrections, gonna go repair them now. that's what happens when you don't rewrite a review and just put in some repairs into the initial draft..

ZombieToyDuck
February 8th 2018


4192 Comments


eh they were minor and it read excellent regardless

bloc
February 8th 2018


49996 Comments


I've forgotten about this band

Digging: Aepoch - Awakening Inception

Eons
February 8th 2018


1611 Comments


Huh, apparently a lot of us forgot about this band but the Scottish people still love them and they're competing with Justin Timberlake right now at the top of the charts over there

Papa Universe
February 8th 2018


14180 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, that's gonna stain Justin's glowing record, aye?

Pho3nix
February 8th 2018


461 Comments


Ghostdancing!

TwigTW
February 9th 2018


3122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I agree. It's not bad, but it's not great either. I can't imagine playing it again. It's just a watered down version of their best music.



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