Album review

Simple Minds

LIVE IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

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Kerr and co arose from a post-punk landscape where minimalism and lack were sovereign; when burgeoning fan appeal required them to present this as arena spectacle, simply reverbing and over-amping the jangly guitars destroyed the crude charm of a track like "Promised You A Miracle". And by this time, Simple Minds had been found out; that early, gawky simplicity had given way to congenial dullness.

Rating: 2 / 10


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