The second Simple Minds
album featuring only Jim Kerr
and Charlie Burchill
, Good News From the Next World is a more back-to-basics
approach than the Minds previous synth-pop
offerings. Burchill's keyboards are kept to a minimum, and his guitar work is allowed more room to shine. Kerr's lyrics seem to focus on taking a new direction, and looking toward the future, echoing the changing sound of the band.
Overall, Good News is one of the more solid releases from Simple Minds. They moved away from their U2 influence (though Great Leap Forward reeks of The Edge) to create something that is more their own. It is something of a sleeper album, but repeat listenings reveal one potent rocker after another.
(3/9/95, p.64) - *** - Good
"...Perhaps it's a Scottish propensity for making oneself heard, but Simple Minds' music consistently taps into a primal freedom....Simple Minds shouldn't be dissuaded from their reckless, exhilarating leaps of faith..."
She's A River
Great Leap Forward
7 Deadly Sins
And The Band Played On