Simply Red ‎– Picture Book (1985)

Picture Book is the 1985 debut album by Mancunian sextet Simply Red. Arresting listeners with the shivery strings and haunting introspection of “Holding Back the Years,” the album reveals a band broadly adept with the 20th century musical lexicon — from the ritzy trumpet-romp “Look at You Now” to the lonely late-night bass-walk “Sad Old […]

Simply Red

Simply Red are an English blue-eyed soul ensemble that emerged on the mid-eighties Manchester sophisti-pop scene. The name references ginger-haired frontman Mick Hucknall, whose impassioned vocals propelled them to transatlantic stardom with their debut album Picture Book. Simply Red’s biggest hits include “Holding Back the Years,” “Money’s Too Tight (to Mention),” and their cover of […]