Simply Red today released the soulful track “Complete Love” from their 12th studio album, Blue-Eyed Soul. A soulful ode from a loving husband and father to the two most important women in his life, Mick Hucknall’s vocal on ‘Complete Love’ playfully works in a call and response way with the bewitch ing brass section and strings. The track premiered on Billboard who writes that the song “is one of Blue-Eyed Soul’s silky smooth moments, with Hucknall channelling a bit of Sam Cooke in his vocal.” Blue-Eyed Soul will be released November 8th on BMG.
Commenting on the track Hucknall writes, “As I was reflecting on my own life I thought about how I have a wife and daughter who love me, and I feel that it’s complete now. I’ve been loved, and that’s what we all want more than anything in life; to be loved.” “Complete Love” follows the release of singles “Thinking of You,” “BadBootz,” and “Sweet Child.”
Blue-Eyed Soul is a ten-track masterclass in funky, brassy soul music and emotionally charged ballads. Recorded in London at British Grove Studios, all ten tracks of Blue-Eyed Soul were written by Mick Hucknall and produced by long-time collaborator Andy Wright. The results are simply sensational. Recorded as live, with few overdubs, Blue-Eyed Soul drew on inspiration from classic funk and soul: Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Tower of Power.
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After 40 years of making records (with punk band The Frantic Elevators, solo and various line ups of Simply Red) Hucknall wanted to create something tailored to the core strength of his fantastic band. “I asked myself, what would these guys really like to play, night after night? I want them to enjoy playing, for crowds to get up and move around, and everybody to put their heart into it. It’s all about capturing the groove.”
Simply Red has over a billion hits on YouTube, have sold over 60 million albums worldwide, 5 going to number one in the UK. Their 1991 classic Stars was the best-selling album for two years running in Britain and Europe. They have had two US Billboard chart-toppers with classic singles “Holding Back The Years” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” Every Simply Red studio album has been a UK top ten (with previous release Big Love reaching number 4 in 2015). Hucknall has been the songwriter and bandleader since the beginning in 1985, aided since 1986 by long-serving saxophonist Ian Kirkham.
Blue-Eyed Soul is the sound of Simply Red firing on all cylinders. “At this stage of my career, I could do one of those dark reflective albums looking back on my life and all that kind of stuff that people tend to do at a certain age,” Mick Hucknall admits. “But I thought sod that! I wanted to make something punchy. I want to have a good time.”