SIMPLE MINDS

(UNITED KINGDOM)

DIRECTION OF THE HEART

(2022)
LABEL:

BMG

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening, Electro, Hovering
"In spite of a part of recycling, "Direction Of The Heart" is an elegant and captivating album at the level of what Simple Minds propose regularly."
LOLOCELTIC (25.11.2022)  
4/5
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Since the beginning of the 2000s, Simple Minds takes its time between each new album. The good thing is that by taking breaks of four or five years, the pair Kerr / Burchill has time to compose quality opuses, which appeases each time the impatience born from these long repeated waits. After the majestic and cinematic "Walk Between Worlds", the Scots had to suffer the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and it is in Sicily that they composed their new opus entitled "Direction Of The Heart", a title that will arouse the curiosity of the fans since it has the same name as the B side of the single 'Magic' released four years ago.

When reading the tracklist of the new opus, the astonishment increases. Indeed, if this song has been re-recorded in 2022, it appears only on the Deluxe version of the album. However, if some could feel disoriented by this presentation for the least original, the beginning of "Direction Of The Heart" quickly reassured them on its quality with the sequence of the two singles that the group could already present. 'Vision Thing' and 'First You Jump' are typical of the Glasgow legend's identity with Jim Kerr's bewitching voice, unstoppable choruses and those warm and synthetic sounds at the disposal of a positive energy. 'Human Traffic', with the support of Russell Mael (Sparks), and 'Who Killed Truth?' with its committed lyrics confirm the good shape of the Scottish pair supported by bassist Ged Grimes on some tracks.

However, by paying a little more attention to the following, the quality of the whole is slightly obscured by the feeling of a recycling enterprise. The ethereal 'Solstice Kiss' with its Celtic atmosphere is actually taken from the 'Big Music' sessions, while 'Act Of Love' opened the band's first concerts in 1977 without ever having been recorded until then. If we add to that the cover of The Call's 'The Walls Came Down' and the eponymous track mentioned at the beginning of this presentation, it starts to be a lot. Fortunately, the bewitching 'Planet Zero' raises the bar by reminding the period "Once Upon A Time" with its haunting chorus and its powerful choruses provided by Sarah Brown.

Of a great quality, "Direction Of The Heart" leaves nevertheless a light taste of unfinished despite many unstoppable titles. After four years, we were entitled to hope for a little more inspiration and creativity from Simple Minds, rather than the multiplication of reworked tracks. This little bitterness will be erased all the same behind the global elegance and the know-how of the pair Kerr / Burchill.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Vision Thing - 4:39
02. First You Jump - 4:23
03. Human Traffic (feat. Russell Mael) - 4:16
04. Who Killed Truth ? - 3:58
05. Solstice Kiss - 5:22
06. Act Of Love - 4:02
07. Natural - 3:26
08. Planet Zero - 4:09
09. The Walls Came Down - 3:54
10. Direction Of The Heart (taormina 2022) [bonus Track] - 4:55]
11. Wondertimes [bonus Track] - 4:54

LINEUP:
Charlie Burchill: Guitares / Basse / Claviers
Cherisse Osei: Batterie
Ged Grimes: Basse
Jim Kerr: Chant
Sarah Brown: Chant / Chœurs
Russell Mael: Chant / Invité
   
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TOWNSEND LE DEVIN
26/06/2023
 
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Mais bon sang c'est quoi cette production ignoble??? Et en 2023 en plus ! On reconnaît même pas la voix du chanteur sur les 3/4 du CD... Et puis certains sons ressortent de façon totalement exagérée. Je comprends pas, ils ont de la merde dans les oreilles ou quoi?
TONYB
25/11/2022
  1
Retour flamboyant pour Simple Minds ; rien à jeter dans ces 9 titres gavés de mélodies catchy complètement addictifs.
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