Stars 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.… Stars 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.… Simply Red Pop R&B
Music Review

Stars (1991)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Simply Red; Genres: Pop, R&B

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 Oct 11, 1991 Published in issue #87 Oct 11, 1991 Order article reprints
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