Simple Minds’ sixth studio album, Sparkle in the Rain, was released in 1984, a full year before the band would permanently be wedded to The Breakfast Club movie, a feat that defines the band in the country to this day. But the album was still an impressive collection on its own.
Produced by Steve Lillywhite, at the time best known for his work with U2, the album hit number one on the UK music charts and had impressive sales across the globe, but despite great reviews in the U.S., it never cracked the top 20 here. The album is getting a deluxe re-release 30 years later (in both a 2-CD and 5-CD versions).
The album, with its decidedly ‘80s synth pop feel, sounds a bit dated so many decade later, but still boasts an impressive set of songs, most obviously the unavoidably infectious tracks “The Kick Inside Me,” “Waterfront” and “Speed Your Love to Me,” (the last two were both charting singles the first time around).
The double disc set includes 11 B-Sides and rarities, most of which make this deluxe collection worth buying even if you already have a well-worn copy of the Sparkle in the Rain.
Simple Minds – Sparkle in the Rain [Deluxe Edition]/2 CDs/ 21 tracks/UMe/2015