My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
(Original album is tracks 1-9)
Brief Background: New Gold Dream is the fifth studio album from Scottish new wave band Simple Minds. The album was recorded during the first half of 1982 and released in September of that year.
What I think: This album starts out perfectly with “Someone Somewhere in Summertime”, it is pretty much what pop songs were meant to be. It’s sort of quiet and then builds to this really inspiring chorus over and over. That greatness continues with “Colours Fly and Catherine Wheel” And “Promised You a Miracle”. They are just great new wave songs with wonderful choruses.
From there though things sort of change and the songs aren’t really bad, they just really aren’t my thing. I’ve been trying to come up with how to explain it and can’t. They all kind of become soft-sounding or maybe ethereal is a good word for it. They just don’t have the payout with the chorus. Listening back a second time the songs that really signify that are “Big Sleep”, “Somebody Up There Likes You”, “Hunter and Hunted” and “King is White and in the Crowd”. “New Gold Dream” and “Glittering Prize” are actually really good as well. So, I don’t know this one is leaving me somewhat conflicted. I think that it is likely that I need to give it more listens!
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I’m going to say it belongs, it doesn’t all grab me but I think with time that may change.
Rating (Out of 5) 3
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (390/511)
Amount that are new to me: 76%