This was Simple Minds crowning glory. "New Gold Dream" & "Sparkle In The Rain" were recordings of sublime craftsmanship from all involved, but topped only by the sheer scale of the offerings included in "Once Upon A Time", their album that conquered the world. Like the two previous releases, it remains untarnished with age but also remains a staple on radio networks the world over and rightly so. From the opening drum intro of the title track through to the awe inspiring instrumental close of "Come A Long Way" (Arguably the greatest album closer of the decade) there is no dull in quality throughout. "Alive & Kicking" being the obvious anthemic chanter for all who lived through the period, the unmistakeable driving pound of "Oh Jungleland" and commercial jewel of "All The Things She Said" live long in the memory. However, own personal favourites would be the beautifully crafted "I Wish You Were Here" which although hinted at an attempt to join the American FM radio playlists (Along with A&K) was a stunningly haunting powerpop gem and the aforementioned "Come A Long Way" which paints a picture suggesting listening from a mountain top. Most bands would kill to have released one great, truly classic album. Simple Minds released three in a row, but never did they record anything quite as grandiose and picture perfect, than "Once Upon A Time". Simply put, they made one more album after this with Mick McNeil, but never topped this opus before or since.
If you don't yet own it, buy it and listen to it in it's entirety. Perfect running order for the perfect powerpop album.