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A Simple Minds low point...
on 12 April 2007
It genuinely pains me to say it, but speaking as a loyal lifelong fan, this is for me without question a really poor album by the boys from Glasgow.
Like so many fans I rushed out and bought it at the time of original release, but my expectations were not met, and age and time have not changed this. The album sounds dated with a compressed sound quality and average songs. There are a few brief glimpses of previous form but they are unfortunately far too brief.
I agree with a previous reviewer who said that when these songs are performed live, they are much improved. But the versions on this album have muddled production, a lack of direction and song writing cohesion that does not compare with any of their output either side of this album.
If you are a completist fan you may feel the urge to purchase Neapolis for your collection but honestly, unless you find it for sale cheaply, forget this brief lapse in form, save your money, and purchase Black and White 050505 which IMHO is the best studio album Simple Minds have made in the last 15 years.