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StarsWhile Britain's comparably gifted soul singers, such as Paul Young and Boy George, have steadily sunk into careerless oblivion, Simply Red's Mick...StarsR&B, PopWhile Britain's comparably gifted soul singers, such as Paul Young and Boy George, have steadily sunk into careerless oblivion, Simply Red's Mick...1991-10-11
B+

Stars

Genre: R&B, Pop; Producer (group): EastWest; Status: In Season

While Britain’s comparably gifted soul singers, such as Paul Young and Boy George, have steadily sunk into careerless oblivion, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall has prospered. Why? Mainly because of classy albums like Stars, which don’t break any new ground but have an understated groove that’s tasteful and disarming. At least two tracks here — ”Something Got Me Started” and ”Thrill Me” — are headed for the same mega- airplay that greeted the band’s 1989 No. 1 hit cover of ”If You Don’t Know Me by Now”; that both new tracks are penned by Hucknall (as is the whole album) proves that, unlike Young, his powers are much more than merely interpretive. The sort of album that critics ignore but the public latches onto instantly, Stars rises to the occasion and shines. B+

Originally posted October 11 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT

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