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on 28 February 2014
Having followed Simple Minds since the release of the new gold dream album in the early 1980s they have enjoyed an extraordinary amount of success during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Real Life was the follow up to the acclaimed album Street fighting Years and the album signalled the end of the band commercial peak.

The album saw a return back to the rock roots and at this time the band had gone through a few personnel changes only leaving regulars Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Mel Gaynor.

The album has many classic signature Minds tunes with the stand out real life and let there be love. It also features let the children speak which has the theme from there 1981 track theme for great cities and sounds great. Also travelling man bears an uncanny resemblance to waterfront.

The CD is a very easy listening one and real no weak tracks that you usually find on most albums. Simple minds always give value for money and giving there previous releases this album would rank quite highly. Not quite on the coat tails of Once upon a time but equally has some great songs that have been well crafted.
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on 26 May 2014
Great album, underated by many people. One of the best they have done in my opinion..still one of the best uk bands ever
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on 27 January 2014
One of many albums which I first bought on tape, during a transition from vinyl to cd. But the lads from Bonnie Scotland didn't let me down. They always manage to pull it off for me, ever since I heard their sometimes rough sounding stuff in their early years [Life in a day] for instance. This album has plenty of quality from start to finish with some topical and profound songs. SEE THE LIGHT, although was a single, has to be my favorite song from this album. Rivers of ice is a deepender as well as-WHEN 2 WORLDS COLLIDE.
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on 12 October 2013
What happened boys...? The Dream of 82 became a bit more frenetic with 'Sparkle' and 'Once Upon a Time' but sadly tailed off into narcissictic meanderings with 'Street Fighting Years'. If this album was meant to be to the magnificent re emergence then the first few tracks would have you convinced: 'Real Life' is fantastic with its epic keyboards parading grandly and Jim's voice crying forcefully...'See the Lights' and 'Let there be Love' are classics well known to everyone not just fans...but that's where it ends. 'Banging on the Door' is the only other track that raises the bar above mediocre and the rehash of the chord sequence from 'Cities' behind 'Let the Children Speak' is the worst form of cannibalism imaginable. 'Woman', 'Travelling Man' and the execrable 'African Skies' remind us all why this band irritated so many people - it wasn't just the make up and bizarre stage antics, some of the writing was just terrible! It wouldn't be so bad if Jim and Charlie hadn't then regrouped a few years later with 'Good News from the Next World' which is a great album by anyone's standards. It's hard to maintain a great standard every time and as an armchair critic I am of course in no position to know the pressures of international celebrity and the vicious commercialism that accompanies it. But some seem to manage it (not many admittedly) and life is always more complicated than just music production with families and all the other stuff we do. However this one is a grave disappointment. An EP with just the good stuff on it would have been better lads...
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on 14 August 2011
this is an amazing album so im chuffed to have it on cd!!! it arrived in good time and the quality is good so no problems x
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on 8 June 2015
Simple minds at there best a must have 4 any fan all discs excellent arrived in gr8 packaging
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on 8 June 2015
Arrived as expected
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on 21 July 2016
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on 25 November 2011
I have all of SM's albums, so am qualified to say that this is certainly in the Top 3 and perhaps even their best.
For a fiver, you can't go wrong - but in any event this album marked the end of a 10 year spell of brilliance from SM - 6 great studio albums from 81 to this in 1991, which IMO was the equal of U2 over the same period if not better. There's only 1 weak song on this album - well worth a buy.
BTW, good to see that 2 years back they reached the top 10 album charts with Graffiti Soul - another fine rock album - which was better than U2's 3 previous albums put together ! THEY have't made a decent album since 2000.
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