December 09, 1985 12:00 PM

Simple Minds

When opportunity knocked on this album, the Scottish quintet, Simple Minds, didn’t answer. They gained attention early this year with their single, Don’t You (Forget About Me), from the sound track of The Breakfast Club. Taking no chances with this shot, they enlisted American producers Jimmy lovine and Bob Clearmountain to guide them through the marketplace in this country. Unfortunately they took no chances with the music either. Their sound still invests too heavily in the voice of Jim Kerr. It doesn’t matter how much studio echo lovine and Clearmountain technically reinforce his vocals with (and boy, do they ever), Kerr’s voice is still declamatory and monotonous. Except for the bounce and glimmer of the title track and Alive and Kicking, the record is featureless and stiff. If, as the title suggests, this album is supposed to be a fairy tale, it’s got a pretty unhappy ending. (A&M)

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