Monday, January 30, 1995

Simple Minds’ Good News from the Next World released

First posted 10/10/2020.

Good News from the Next World

Simple Minds

Released: January 30, 1995

Peak: 87 US, 2 UK, 37 CN, 20 AU

Sales (in millions): -- US, 0.1 UK, 0.68 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: alternative rock


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. She’s a River (1/21/95, 52 US, 6 AR, 10 MR, 9 UK, 3 CN, 29 AU)
  2. Night Music
  3. Hypnotised (4/8/95, 18 UK, 34 CN, 85 AU)
  4. Great Leap Forward
  5. 7 Deadly Sins
  6. And the Band Played On (5/27/95, 40 AR)
  7. My Life
  8. Criminal World
  9. This Time

Total Running Time: 48:20

The Players:

  • Jim Kerr (vocals)
  • Charlie Burchill (guitar, keyboards)


3.164 out of 5.00 (average of 6 ratings)


About the Album:

1991’s Real Life album saw Simple Minds whittle down to a trio after the departure of keyboardist and founding member Mick MacNeil. By the time this album rolled around, Mel Gaynor, who’d drummed with the band since 1982, had flown the coop as well, leaving the group officially as a duo rounded out by studio musicians.

Like Real Life and 1989’s Street Fighting Years, this album garnered little attention from U.S. audiences. “It’s well-produced and performed, yet Simple Minds’ songs just miss the mark.” AMG Melody Maker’s John Harris wasn’t even that kind. He said the album “approximates the noise that would be made if the enite contents of a music shop were strapped to an Empire transport ship from Star Wars” WK and said “for all its cod-Wanerian vastness, there are no tunes.” WK

She’s a River, inspired by the Herman Hesse novel Siddhartha, WK was a top-10 hit on album rock and modern rock stations, but nothing else made a dent in American radio. All Music Guide’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine declared that other than that song, “there is no strong single material” AMG to support the album.

“She’s a River” was also a top-10 hit in the UK and followed into the top-20 by Hypnotised. Like the Real Life album, Good News from the Next World also peaked at #2 in the UK.

Notes: The Japanese edition included “Celtic Strings” as a bonus track.

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