I came to New Gold Dream quite late in the day. Just after Simple Minds had released Once Upon A Time in fact. It could not be more different, however. NGD has an amazing quality that even Jim Kerr admits could not be repeated now. This album has had such a profound effect on my life it's difficult to know where to begin. From the opening chiming bars of Someone Somewhere, to the closing refrain of King Is White, every track is a classic. There are very few albums released nowadays that do not have the occasional duff track, NGD has none. The album is about as complete a record as you are likely to find. Okay, so Simple Minds nowadays might be as hip as fluorescent socks, but in 1982 they were lauded by the likes of NME and Melody Maker as the coolest band in the world, the saviours of art-house rock. Kerr ponced around in frilly white shirts and heavy eye make-up, band photos were moody; atmosphere was the key and this brought pop music as close to Mahler as it's possible to get. Big Sleep, easily the stand out track, is a liquid hum, a golden treasure with resounding bass and spine-chllling vocals to match. The instrumental, Somebody Up There Likes You is, quite possibly, one of the most uplifting pieces of music ever committed to tape. Simple Minds never reached these dizzying heights again. Let this album reach for your soul - this is an essential addition to your collection!