Following a storming set at Radio 2 in Hyde Park and the announcement of a huge 2020 Autumn tour, Simply Red today release new soulful-ballad ‘Sweet Child’. The single is taken from their 12th studio album, ‘Blue Eyed Soul’, which will be released on November 8th on BMG.
Effortlessly soulful, the dreamy string section compliments the catchy guitar riff on ‘Sweet Child’. This coupled with Mick’s instantly recognisable vocal line makes for a classic Simply Red song. On the track Mick commented, “We (alleged) grown ups should be asking ourselves if we will be leaving this world in better shape for our children than it is for us. So, are we? Or are we failing them?”
Recorded in London at British Grove Studios, all ten tracks of ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ were written by Mick Hucknall and produced by long time collaborator Andy Wright.
He’s got blue eyes and a soulful voice, and it’s Hucknall’s remarkable voice that takes centre stage on this record. “I wanted to push my voice a little harder, challenge it a little bit, give myself something to really sing to.”
The results are simply sensational. Recorded as live, with few overdubs, ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ drew on inspiration from classic funk and soul: Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Tower of Power.
“At this stage of my career, I could do one of those dark reflective albums looking back on my life and all that kind of stuff that people tend to do at a certain age,” Mick Hucknall admits. “But I thought sod that! I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time.”
And that’s exactly what you get throughout ‘Blue Eyed Soul’, satisfaction guaranteed.
Simply Red play the following UK dates. Tickets on sale now from myticket.co.uk/artists/simply-red
Tues 6th NEWCASTLE, Utilita Arena
Wed 7th HULL, Bonus Arena
Fri 9th GLASGOW, SSE Hydro
Sat 10th LEEDS, First Direct Arena
Sun 11th LIVERPOOL, M&S Bank Arena
Tues 13th DUBLIN, 3Arena
Fri 16th BIRMINGHAM, Resorts World Arena
Sat 17th MANCHESTER, Arena
Sun 18th NOTTINGHAM, Motorpoint Arena
Tues 20th CARDIFF, Motorpoint Arena
Wed 21st BRIGHTON, Centre
Fri 23rd BOURNEMOUTH, International Centre
Sat 24th LONDON, The O2