- Audio CD (25 May 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: UMTV
- ASIN: B001WIH2LO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Graffiti Soul CD
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Featuring original members Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill (plus Mel Gaynor on drums and Eddie Duffy on bass), Graffiti Soul is Simple Minds' 15th studio album--the latest in a career spanning three decades. Following 2008's reissued The Best of Simple Minds, Graffiti Soul is the first album of new material since 2005. It has the roots of a traditional Simple Minds album, yet comes across contemporary and fresh.
Top Customer Reviews
ROCKETS : Upbeat Charlie Burchill rocker from the Gordon Goudie/Charlie Burchill partnership with a riff that embeds itself in your brain. Chosen as the first single, but that was a tough choice for someone to make.
STARS WILL LEAD THE WAY : Another single contender, another song built around one of Charlie's unforgettable riffs. A double-whammy on the senses when heard immediately after Rockets.
LIGHT TRAVELS : Light travels across the universe and all is well and all will remain well. A slow, Bowie style chill out track from the pen of Sean Kelly - but completely unlike Spaceface.
KISS AND FLY : Slow burner with an infectious chorus and crashing familiar guitar work from Charlie. Faint echoes of Mighty Joe Moon in the guitar sound.
GRAFFITI SOUL : Another grower built on a chunky bassline and progressive guitar chords. The most lyrically familiar song from the set with many references to "Lightning" and "Footsteps."
BLOOD TYPE O : Quirky enigmatic track with exotic overtones thanks to the dulcimers used during the chorus. Only track on the album with the main melody on keyboards with Charlie's effects liberally spread over the whole track. Ends with a bubbly cacophony of blood monitoring machines.
THIS IS IT : Full bloodied triumphant fist pounding optimistic closure which sees the album out on a high. Another great Charlie number has he relentlessly cycles through the wonderful riff as the song builds to a crescendo. This Is It is not the full stop or terminal statement of the album but a mandate for the future:
The last Simple Minds album, "Black & White 050505" , was a decent record, but perhaps somewhat obvious compared to the two previous albums "Cry"  and "Our Secrets Are The Same" . Jim Kerr wanted a "landmark" album, what I think it ended up being was a band wanting to sound like what Simple Minds were 'supposed' to sound like. Don't be confused! It is a fine album with hindsight, just lacking in some areas, still, do investigate!
Here's the good news; with this new record, we're generally spared the "hey let's be back in the charts" schtick and there is much more focus on good songwriting, something that exemplified the 2002 and 2003 releases mentioned above. 8 songs; the consistancy is back on the wonderfully driving "Moscow Underground" familiar yet exciting, the perfect opener. The single "Rockets" is [to these ears at least] perhaps the weakest of the new material [a common Minds problem when it comes to recent first singles] but is not a bad song. Next up is "Stars Will lead The Way" too short and sweet and is perhaps the obvious comeback single, [watch this space!] it elbows it's way into the room where "Rockets" just shuffles hoping to be noticed. Simple Minds debuted "Rockets" as the first new song from this collection and many inlcuding myself were unimpressed, however it isn't particularly symbolic of the record as a whole.
The title song is an excellent groove [the groove is back!], echoing some of 1998's flawed, but rather fine, "Neapolis". "Light Travels' written by Sean Kelly, has been on the Minds shelf for sometime and only now brought to life, it is worth the wait, slow and sultry, with a guitar echoing 1995's single "Hypnotised" and a real opportunity for some er...Read more ›
There's an undeniable energy and integrity to this band, a refusal to sit back and rest on its laurels or take the easy way out by writing pablum simply for the sake of charting. The new tracks are true to the band's legacy without rehashing formulas that worked very well for them in the past. It's what we've come to expect from a Simple Minds album -- but that's not to say it's predictable. Far from it. The music industry has changed since New Gold Dream, so have music-buyers - and the band's sound has evolved right along with 'em.
I strongly recommend this album -- esp. to anyone who may have drifted away over the years and forgotten what a powerhouse Simple Minds really is.
I was a fan of their early & mid period work, all the way through STREET FIGHTING YEARS. After SFY I really haven't been that 'into' any of the releases, other than thinking an occasional song here and there was good (She's A River, etc). Each release I've heard since then just didn't do it for me - I'd listen once or twice and just think 'eh, ok'.
Really I bought GRAFFITI SOUL out of curiosity, wondering what this band I loved had come up with - though I didn't really expect to like it and thought it'd just get thrown onto the stack after an initial listen.
At any rate, at my first listen I realized GS had a lot more energy than I've heard in their last several releases. I also thought the recording sound was full & rich, and the production more organic and overall just better than their other recent releases.
Jim's vocals seemed to have regained a bit of it's swagger and confidence. The guitar riffs were catchy, some really great hooks - and the guitar sounds were interesting and varied as well as powerful. I can't say enough: GREAT RIFFS, classic Burchill guitars. The drums were fantastic, and the bass was locked right in their with it - tight playing and a really full sound. The keys cover a lot of ground sonically too and add the perfect touch in many places throughout. Backing vocals were really well done too, and the lead vocals production/effectation was perfect to complement Jim's style - as opposed to some of the dry, small sounding, boxey vocal recordings of their other recent albums. Finally, the production is playing to the band's strengths again.
And lastly...the songs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album continuing the upward curve of black and white released previously. The tradition of great opening tracks continues with Moscow underground, there are a couple of what... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G D COPPIN
Great album but not one of the best but still in my top 5 simple minds albums many thanks linda.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
There’s some good stuff on ‘Graffiti Soul’, but the emphasis here is on the ‘some’. The title apparently comes from a Q&A session with Jim Kerr. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nicholas Casley
This is one of the best from simple minds . I am now comparing this cd with Big Music Simple Minds new cd . The guitar Riffs are great . Read morePublished 23 months ago by LESLIE SLATER