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This is definitely Simply Red's best album. It captures a depth that has been refined out of the later albums. Picture Book captures a sincerety in effort that is typically associated with the early stages of an artist's career when they don't know how it'll all go, their confidence is lower, and they are risking more as an artist. There's a rawness to the vocals here that is really honest and opening, and that is pretty much washed out of his later albums as they became "more refined." The later work is just plain old fabulous voacal work, but this album demonstrates something unique, a forthright effort in the jazz/blues/r&b/pop vocal genre that really created something new & inspring, whereas the later work sounds much more predictable and much less fresh. Picture Book is where you can hear a genuine tallent really put himself out on the line, dig deep into his soul, and produce some fantastic music.


Heaven and Holdin Back got most of the air play then and still today. I always find my favorite tracks are the ones that haven't been worn out. Picture Book was the hook for me on this album. As far as the extended versions, I would have to be getting more than just another 30 to 60 seconds to buy it again. The vinyl lp versions (that's a really big cd for you too young to remember!) give enough of these tracks.


There here is a measuring stick to greatness... Teach these people Simpily!


Formed: 1984 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by the vocalist Mick Hucknall, the English blue-eyed soul band Simply Red became international stars with their debut album, Picture Book. On the hit ballad "Holding Back the Years," Hucknall proved that he could sing soulfully without affectation, while their cover of the Valentine Brothers' "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)" proved that they could do light funk capably. With each album, their fan base expanded, especially in the U.K. The band was formed in 1984 by singer Mick "Red" Hucknall...
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