| 11 November 2016|
11 November 2016
| Simple Minds|
| Gorbals Studio, Glasgow, Scotland|
Simple Minds albums, Alternative rock albums
Acoustic is the seventeenth studio album by the Scottish rock band Simple Minds, released on 11 November 2016 by Caroline International. The album features acoustic studio recordings of previously released songs and received mixed reviews.
The genesis of Acoustic can be traced back to a rare live session the band recorded for the BBC Radio Two's Chris Evans Breakfast Show on 26 September 2014, promoting then their 16th studio album, Big Music. The reaction, to the band's surprise, was overwhelmingly favourable.
The band performed acoustic sets during some other one-off live appearances (radio sessions or showcase events) including one held on 22 November 2014 in Paris by French radio station RTL notable for a rare outing of "Mandela Day".
Besides Kerr and Burchill the band consists of Ged Grimes (bass), Sarah Brown (backing vocals), Gordy Goudie (guitars) and Cherisse Osei (drums).
The acoustic version of "Promised You a Miracle", featuring Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, was released on 28 September 2016.
The album debuted at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart, selling 10,427 units, and becoming Simple Minds' 14th top 20 album.
The album received mixed reviews, with Timothy Monger from AllMusic noting that the band "missed out on an opportunity to dramatically shake up their repertoire". Andy Gill in The Independent found it "a welcome spring clean" and noted the folk influences. David Quantick, writing for Classic Rock, described it as "a strange album, seeking as it does to homogenise the Minds’ ever-changing sound" but concluded that it was "a consistent collection", highlighting the Richard Hawley cover "Long Black Train" as "movingly effective".
- "The American"
- "Promised You a Miracle" (featuring KT Tunstall)
- "Glittering Prize"
- "See the Lights"
- "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)"
- "Someone Somewhere in Summertime"
- "Sanctify Yourself"
- "Chelsea Girl"
- "Alive and Kicking"
- "Don't You (Forget About Me)"
- "Long Black Train"
- "Stand by Love"
- "Speed Your Love to Me"
- "Light Travels"
NotesTwo different formats are released: a single compact-disc version and a double LP version including 3 exclusive extra tracks, the latter due to be released only on 25 November 2016.
1The American4:30Acoustic (Simple Minds album) Wikipedia
2Promised You A Miracle (feat KT Tunstall)4:35