Monday, 4 February 2013

Simply Red 'Never Never Love'

Chart Peak: 18


Sometimes it's very hard to resist the single-sentence dismissal, along the lines of "I will never, never love this record". Indeed, his/their previous single 'Remembering The First Time' inspired one of my favourite ever such responses in a review on Teletext: "Not to be confused with Pulp's Do You Remember The First Time, or with any other decent record." I admit to adapting that line once or twice over the years.

Anyway, the final appearance of Mick Hucknall and his employees catches him in bland, time-serving mode, a far cry from the mildly triumphant return of 'Fairground'. Although the talk of "good revolution" hints at the politicised tone of some of the band's early work, it's all so vague and soppy as to be meaningless, and his vocal on the chorus is annoyingly thin on headphones. Not a great way to bow out, though worse singles were to come, and Hucknall's awful soul covers as a solo artist almost make you pine for this.

Also appearing on: Now 5, 7, 9, 20, 21, 23, 24, 32
Available on: The Greatest Hits

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